Dairy Farmers of American (DFA) announced today that it was partnering with Third Sun Solar to bring solar panel technology to more DFA-member farmers.

The partnership will provide DFA’s Mideast Area farms access to project planning, development, support and discount pricing for on-farm solar projects. Third Sun Solar will also help farmers identify financial incentives that can further reduce the cost of solar panel technology.

“Through this partnership with Third Sun Solar, we hope to make solar technology more mainstream as the economic and environmental opportunities for farmers are incredibly beneficial,” says David Darr, president of farm services at DFA.

DFA member Gary Kibler of Kibler Dairy Farm in Warren, Ohio recently worked with Third Sun Solar to install 480 solar panels at the family farm. The panels will provide 163.2 kilowatts of power, which should mean monthly savings nearly $2,000 for a farm of this size. In turn, this should offset approximately 120 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

“Family farms can be the essence of going green, and dairy farms, in particular, are an untapped resource to bring more renewable energy to the heartland,” says Michelle Greenfield, co-founder, Third Sun Solar. “What’s more, panels are far more durable now than 15 or even five years ago. So, with panel prices half of what they used to be, solar is far more attainable for farmers looking to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Note: Third Sun Solar is a full-service clean energy company serving homeowners, businesses, institutions and government entities across the Midwest. It is a licensed electrical and general contractor that has installed more than 800 projects and 1,200 kWs of solar energy systems in 14 states since its start in 2000.

For more information about solar panel technology and renewable energy, visit www.dfaenergy.com