By Heather Harper
The front mound of the Memphis USDA building was recently graced with a large solar panel in the past month. The new solar panel was installed by the owners of the building.
Tom Myers, one of the building’s owners and M&O Concrete, said the panel was installed to reduce energy costs, while still producing enough energy to power the entire building.
“That solar panel over there will produce enough power to meet all the needs of the USDA building. So you can tell it’s a green building there now,” he added.
Myers, who was interested in solar energy, studied areas such as the specific reasons for going into solar energy and other alternatives.
Besides the USDA building, there is also a solar panel installed behind M&O Concrete, and another installed at his house as well. He said the solar panel “takes care of all the power here and stuff for this building too…. Then I have one in my house that takes care of the energy of the house. He said they were slowly working to install one in the USDA building.
The main purpose of the new solar panel, according to Myers, is to reduce energy, saving high-priced energy with solar power.
“It also helps the city to have solar because when there is high demand, during peak times, our solar was able to reduce that demand rate for the city, which reduced the cost of demand rates” , did he declare.
Energy is fed back into the grid and then credit is received for what is fed back into the grid, with Myers commenting that the energy goes into a net meter: “If you can imagine, when we generate electricity, the meter spins backwards, then when we don’t generate electricity and use electricity, the meter spins the other way. »
The solar panel system installed in the USDA building is a tracking system, meaning it tracks the sun as it moves. The panel installed in the M&O building is a fixed panel. The tracking system, according to Myers, is “kind of a novelty. It’s not new, but it’s definitely become more popular because it produces 40-50% more energy than a stationary system.