Leave it to Mississippi to be the place where you can go witness first hand a solar-powered poultry farm. That’s just one of several solar-powered projects you’ll be able to witness in this state on October 2 as part of the nation’s annual National Solar Tour that is put on by the members of the American Solar Energy Society.
The solar-powered poultry farm consists of an 8.4 kW, electricity-generating solar solution on a chicken house at Spencer Pope Farms. The installer on the project, Mississippi Solar, said that poultry farms use lots of energy via items like large tunnel fans for ventilation and lighting. The installer believes that if all of the close to 8,000 chicken farms in Mississippi went solar, that state could offset 10 percent of its energy needs.
Other highlights of the Down on the Farm Solar Tour, as it is being called, include a 2.4 kW solar carport, a ground mounted solar system with battery back up and a solar race car team from Choctaw Central High School. Solar powered chickens unfortunately will not be around, but the Spencer Pope Farms people did say they will be quadrupling the solar capacity powering their chicken houses in the future.