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The ‘solar farmer’ has arrived

5 June 2013

The ‘solar farmer’ has arrived

The Westpac/Meridian Energy Solar Shed initiative, based around 40x 250W Renesola panels, has been welcomed by Federated Farmers.

“As a user of solar power myself at Castlepoint Station in the Wairarapa, it is an effective technology for supplying power to remote areas in a cost effective manner,” says Anders Crofoot, Federated Farmers Energy spokesperson

“Being an early adopter of solar technology, the Solar Shed initiative by Westpac and Meridian will help to ease the initial cost outlay.

“At Castlepoint Station we use solar to power radio communications and wireless broadband over 3,700 hectares.

“With my Federated Farmers hat on, I can see dairy farmers looking to use the roof expanse of their milking sheds for solar panels. The same applies to other heavy energy users such as arable farms and large sheep and beef stations like Castlepoint.

“If a farm’s electricity bill is over $1,000 each month then the Solar Shed initiative may suit your business. You don’t even have to bank with Westpac to take it up. To find out more either call 0800 177 155 or, if you are a Westpac customer, speak to your Agribusiness Manager.

“The technology works and the Solar Shed initiative will now bring solar within the reach of many farmers,” Mr Crofoot concluded.

For more information on the Solar Shed initiative, please click here.


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