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Off Grid Solar System for an Urban Farm

Winning idea by poonamdagli
Off Grid Solar System for an Urban Farm

Website

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http://www.foodfielddetroit.com/

Overview of Idea

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Our vision is to allow people who have a real need for energy be able to go off the grid on a low budget. We are working with Food Field, a local and organic urban farm that has accomplished much in 1 year, using nothing but manual labor. To expand, they need energy.

The Specifics: How will you use $2,500 to fuel social change through technology?

To combat economic downfall in Detroit, we wish to invest both in emerging technology and the environment. The money will be used to purchase components for the $8,000 (1.5 kw) solar system and back-up propane generator for Food Field. We currently have $5,500. By purchasing this system, Noah, the farm owner, will be able to have electricity for security lights, a fan for his hoop house, power tools, a cooler, Internet, and a kitchen. Also, installing this system will provide invaluable experience to Green Economy Leadership Training (Solardarity) participants in providing efficient, affordable, and renewable energy to communities, which, until now, have not had an alternative to the grid.

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Yes! Bio-diesel is looking be a much better option, both for economic reasons and because it makes use of a product that would otherwise be wasted. I think we're going to use that instead of propane. Great idea!

by jackson.koeppel
about 2 years ago | Reply

This is cool. Is there an option for a biomass generator? Or, a diesel generator capable of running on waste vegetable oil (running it on a biodiesel blend should be even easier).

by MaggieMI
about 2 years ago | Reply

I've visited Food Field a number of times and they've done so much with so little, and I can't wait to see what Noah can do with more tangible resources!

by MCAndyT
about 2 years ago | Reply

Solar + Urban Farming = Local Green Economy

Definitely sets the ground work for neighborhood solar systems.

by Brandon Knight
about 2 years ago | Reply

This looks like a great idea! Next step might be a small neighborhood site to integrate with the grid. Keep up the great work. Detroit needs all of us!

by andrewebow
about 2 years ago | Reply

This looks like a great idea! Next step might be a small neighborhood site to integrate with the grid. Keep up the great work. Detroit needs all of us!

by andrewebow
about 2 years ago | Reply

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Submission Began
Thursday, June 14

Submission Ended
Thursday, July 12
at 12:00 PM PDT

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Voting Began
Thursday, July 12

Voting Ended
Thursday, July 26
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Off Grid Solar System for an Urban Farm
Off Grid Solar System for an Urban Farm

Winner Announced
Tuesday, July 31

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