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Poultry Industry Evaluates Solar for Growout Houses

WorldWater & Power will build a $500,000 PV system to power Allen Family Foods’ poultry growout house in Laurel, Delaware. Growout houses take day-old chicks and raise them to maturity.

The poultry industry is looking to solar as a cost effective, sustainable energy source for the future of growout contractors throughout the U.S. The Delaware Green Energy Program has granted $250,000 to help fund the system, the University of Delaware will monitor the Allen project and GE Energy, the PV panel supplier, will contribute to the project evaluation study. Ray Angelini is WorldWater’s installation partner.

The poultry industry is one of the largest employers in Delaware, with some counties having the highest concentration of growout houses in the U.S. WorldWater says its solar system will significantly reduce Allen’s electricity costs and provide backup power in the event of grid outages to maintain the temperatures critical to large numbers of growing chickens.

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