‘Mead Orchards Embraces Sustainability’

Mead Orchards in Tivoli is a prime example of how harnessing the power of the sun can benefit both the environment and the bottom line. By strategically laying out their apple orchard to maximize sunlight absorption, Mead Orchards has already been utilizing the sun’s energy to grow their delicious fruit. In 2019, they took it a step further by partnering with SunCommon to install 123 roof-mounted solar modules. This move not only allows them to continue utilizing the sun’s power to keep their fruit fresh but also saves them an estimated 3,000 over a 25-year period.

The trend of solar power adoption in agriculture is growing, with farmers realizing the benefits of using renewable energy sources. Solar power just makes sense for farms, as the sun already plays a crucial role in fueling agricultural activities. Many farms, like Mead Orchards, have ample space for installing solar panels on roofs or in fields, turning underutilized assets into sources of energy that can also be sold back to the utility.

Furthermore, federal and state incentives, such as the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), make it easier for farmers to make the switch to solar power. New York State offers no-cost assistance to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses apply for these incentives, further incentivizing the transition to renewable energy.

SunCommon has been at the forefront of solarizing agricultural operations in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region, working with farms like Laughing Earth Farm, Lowland Farm, Tierra Farm, and Brotherhood Winery. For those interested in exploring solar options for their homes, farms, or businesses, SunCommon offers a wealth of information and resources on their website. With solar power becoming more accessible and cost-effective, more farmers are expected to follow in the footsteps of Mead Orchards and embrace the power of the sun.