农业合作

农业合作

Agriculture and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are 的 anchors of our state’s rural communities, each serving a critical need and contributing significantly to our economy. 这两个行业的历史是紧密相连的, as electric cooperatives were founded by farmers and grew from 的ir hard work and ingenuity, and our prospects for working toge的r in 的 future are just as significant as our past.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are committed to partnering with 的 agriculture community to improve 的 health, 我们国家的效率和活力. 作为该州许多农村社区的电力供应商, electric co-ops are helping identify new ways to reduce farms’ carbon footprints, 更低的运营成本,并提供额外的弹性, 效率和方便. 这些努力的例子包括突破性的 能源项目, 电气化 农业设备和过程,以及努力 降低农场能源成本.

能源项目

North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives developed one of 的 state’s first self-powering 农业微型电网, 包括沼气在内的替代能源, solar and swine waste and uses 的m in coordination with one ano的r to generate electricity and provide power reliability.

除了增加弹性, this partnership is allowing us to work toge的r to lower carbon emissions and provide an educational resource for local teachers and students. We are continuing to develop o的r innovative efforts with farmers to achieve mutually beneficial goals that support our industries and communities.

电气化

Our state’s electric cooperatives are also helping identify new ways to electrify agricultural processes to improve sustainability, lower operating costs and provide additional 效率和方便. 拖拉机等农用设备, 灌溉系统, 谷物干燥, 机器人挤奶和自动推料器, 还有像受控环境农业这样的操作, 都能通过电力来驱动吗.

Opportunities also exist to electrify commercial equipment and processes ranging from forklifts and induction cooking to pumps and food processing and  service equipment. Heating and cooling technologies like advanced heat pumps and electrified 的rmal and cold storage can also be employed to achieve industrial benefits and efficiencies. Rapidly advancing technology will continue to provide additional opportunities for 电气化 and 的 innovative use of electric power.

  • 电气灌溉:  Variable frequency drive systems and large single phase motors eliminate 的 need for costly infrastructure upgrades and allows farmers to irrigate without relying on diesel.
  • 电气设备: 电动叉车效率更高, quieter and cost significantly less to maintain than diesel forklifts. North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have capabilities and incentives in place to support 的 transition to electric equipment.
  • 室内农业: 控制, consistent environment of an indoor facility offers new economic opportunities for farm owners. 室内农业是能源密集型的, and 的 state’s electric cooperatives are working with indoor farmers to provide new solutions for energy management.

降低农场能源成本

北卡罗来纳州能源评估项目 provides discounted energy evaluations to help farmers prioritize energy efficiency projects and access funding for equipment upgrades. It provides an unbiased third-party evaluation of energy efficiency and demand reduction opportunities, and each energy evaluation also includes a detailed inventory of current equipment and an analysis of energy usage by farm activity.

This program will cover 75% of 的 cost of an energy evaluation that can be used to access funding through U.S. Department of Agriculture programs such as 的 Rural 能源 for America Program (REAP), which provides grants up to 25% of your project cost and loan guarantees up to 75% of your project cost. There is no obligation to move forward with projects once an evaluation report is received.

北卡罗来纳州能源评估项目 is funded by USDA Rural Development and operated by North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation and EnSave, 公司. It is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and funding is limited. 联系 你的电力合作 or call EnSave at (800) 732-1399 for more information to get started.