Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Solar microgrid helps protect against power outages at cattle ranch in Hawaii

A recent story in Drovers Newsletter described a solar microgrid that was under construction at a large cattle ranch in Hawaii. The power generated by this microgrip will help the ranchers pump water for their livestock as well as power other commercial enterprises near the microgrid. More producers, especially those in remote areas that have frequent problems with power, are looking into solar energy as a way to be more resilient to severe weather, including ice storms and hurricanes. In Puerto Rico, for example, there is a move to make solar energy use much more widespread after the long problems with lack of power due to Hurricane Maria last year. You can read about the Hawaiian microgrid here.

Source: USDA ARS