Stand-Alone Solar for Poultry — better known as SASP — may sound comic but the latest project conducted in Alabama in the south of the US is a sure sign that solar plus storage will be spilling over to every sector of the world’s businesses in the coming years.
The SASP project is a combination of Auburn University’s National Poultry Technology Center and Tyson Foods which announced in early June the opening of the world’s largest stand-alone solar powered poultry house to be operated completely off the grid.
The 820m2 poultry house is located in Cullman County, Alabama, and capable of housing 36,000 broilers.
The poultry house will be one of two identical houses on a farm where 2.5kg chickens will be grown. One house will be the control house while the other will be operated exclusively by solar power.
The house’s power will derive from three components: the photovoltaic panel or solar cell, a battery set and a generator. On-site researchers will compare its energy use regularly with the normal operation of the twin house located next door over a 12-month cycle.
“Ultimately, this project will allow us to identify how solar houses might improve farmer profitability and bring increased efficiency to the poultry industry,” said Chip Miller, vice president of poultry live operations for Tyson Foods.
“We are creating a model for the future of the industry—one that is more sustainable and brings critical value and insights, previously unavailable, to poultry farmers.”