Logansport swine farm uses USDA grant to install solar panels

Howard Swine Farms LLC. received a $32,000 grant from the USDA to install a Solar Array System.

Posted: Dec 16, 2019 1:36 PM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — A Logansport family business is using a grant award to benefit both their work and the surrounding community.

Howard Swine Farms LLC. received a $32,000 grant from the USDA to install a Solar Array System.

The system converts sunlight into clean and renewable energy. The panels can be adjusted manually to different angles to get the most sunlight throughout the changing seasons.

Tony Howard said the panels have cut their energy bill in half.

The Howards worked with Ag Technologies to install the panels. Mike Straeter installed the panels, and he said they also benefit people living in the city of Logansport.

“Any energy that is not being used by the solar panels here goes back to LMU and other customers on the grid down the road are able to use that same energy.” said Straeter.

Straeter said his company hopes to create a mobile battery with the ability to store excess energy to use when a solar panel is not getting enough sunlight.

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