Energy Solutions

Harvest Energy Solutions Provides Renewable Energy and Energy Saving Products Throughout the Midwest

Throughout our website, you will find pages that highlight the energy saving products and services that Harvest Energy Solutions offers. Whether you are looking for a renewable energy solution or one of the other energy saving products we offer, we are confident that our specialists can find just the right solution to meet your energy saving needs.

Harvest Energy Solutions was started to satisfy a goal for providing an alternative energy solution for farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners and have since expanded our products and services to provide renewable energy and energy saving products for agricultural, commercial, industrial and residential applications.

In 2006, Harvest Energy Solutions was founded with our first venture in wind energy with installations throughout the Midwest. As the price of solar components continued to drop, the viability of solar energy became more attractive and practical to our agricultural and commercial customers.

Today, our company’s primary focus is in providing solar energy solutions for commercial, industrial and agricultural use. We have sales offices and authorized dealers throughout the Midwest: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

Harvest Energy Solutions provides turnkey solar energy installations. Our in-house sales, design, engineering, manufacturing and construction teams handle every step of your solar install from site assessment, design, engineering, permitting to install and follow-up maintenance. Our sales experts can also assist you with financing and any incentives available in your area. We have invested in the best equipment, technology, product and expertise in the industry to consistently deliver quality, custom designed and engineered, cost-effective energy systems to our customers.

Over the past ten years, we have continued to grow and have built a reputation as experts in solar energy and other energy saving products such as: off-grid solar energy storage, HVLS fans, solar water pumps, LED lighting and solar canopy charging tables.

Harvest Energy Solutions is a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Advocate (NABCEP) with several NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales and Installation Professionals on staff.

Contact us today to learn more about how Harvest Energy’s energy saving products.  Call 877-788-0220 today or fill out the contact form on this page, and one of our area representatives will contact you.

The Benefits of Renewable Energy

A company rooted in the traditions of farming, it’s only natural that we care deeply for our planet. That’s why we’ve made it our sole mission to deliver independent, sustainable and cost-effective systems for energy production.  Renewable Energy of all sizes has become a familiar sight around the world for a wide variety of reasons, including economic, environmental, and social benefits.

Economic Advantages

Lower overhead: See your electricity costs drop the second your up and running. These savings coupled with state or federal incentive programs can offset your capital costs in several years allowing you to put more of your profits back onto your operations.

Subsidies: All energy systems are subsidized, and wind and solar are no exception.

Free fuel: Unlike other forms of electrical generation where fuel is shipped to a processing plant, wind and solar energy generates electricity at the source of fuel. The wind and sun are native fuels that do not need to be mined or transported, taking two expensive aspects out of long-term energy costs.

Price stability: The price of electricity from fossil fuels and nuclear power can fluctuate greatly due to highly variable mining and transportation costs. Wind and solar can help buffer these costs because the price of fuel is fixed.

Tax advantages: Between the federal investment tax credit and grant program and the rules for claiming depreciation on renewable energy, an investment in a system today translates to real benefits that you can apply to your bottom line or operating budgets.

Social Advantages

Energy independence: U.S. electricity prices over the past decade have been very volatile, making it difficult for anyone to plan for that part of their household budget. Once we install your solar panels, you no longer have to worry about rising electricity prices for the portion of your electricity that comes from solar. You have effectively locked in your rates for the next 25 years. As prices rise, you receive a bigger and bigger benefit from your smart early investment.

Marketing opportunities: Whether your business has been around for five years or 50, your Harvest Energy Solutions renewable energy system will bring high visibility and a renewed sense of interest in your products and services.

Educational opportunities: Having a turbine or solar panels in your backyard and even the process of planning for it adds an experiential dimension to your schools science, math, and civic classes. What better way to train the technicians, engineers, and leaders of tomorrow?

Supports agriculture: It is not often a new crop emerges from thin air. Wind turbines and solar panels can be installed amid cropland without interfering with people, livestock, or production.

Local ownership: A significant contribution to the worldwide energy mix can be made by energy produced  by local landowners and small businesses. Developing local sources of electricity means we import less fuel from other states, regions, and nations. It also means our energy dollars are plowed back into the local economy.

Environmental Advantages

Clean water: Turbines and solar panels produce no particulate emissions that contribute to mercury contamination in our lakes and streams. Renewable energy also conserves water resources. For example, producing the same amount of electricity can take about 600 times more water with nuclear power, and about 500 times more water with coal.

Clean air: Other sources of electricity produce harmful particulate emissions, which contribute to global climate change and acid rain. Wind and solar energy is pollution free.

Mining & transportation: Harvesting the wind and sun preserves our resources because there no need for destructive resource mining or fuel transportation to a processing facility.

Land preservation: Wind farms are spaced over a large geographic area, but their actual “footprint” covers only a small portion of the land resulting in a minimum impact on crop production or livestock grazing. Large buildings cannot be built near the turbine, thus wind farms preserve open space.

Sources: Windustry.org

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Utility

Utility Connection

The majority of Harvest Energy solar and wind systems are grid-tied systems. These systems are connected directly to your utility company’s electric grid that will store your energy when excess is produced. Additionally, your home or business will still be powered by the utility when the system is not producing power. Recent advances in technology have allowed more ease and simplicity in use of utility connected renewable energy systems. Harvest Energy Solutions will work to help you with all aspects of your installation including permitting and interconnection. (See off-grid solar for battery storage systems).

Net Metering

Your first step will be to contact your utility and ask for an interconnection agreement. Net metering is a contract with your utility to use their meter and allows you to run excess power into the grid. Many utilities have a simple interconnection agreement for small self-generators. Harvest Energy can assist in locating the appropriate utility connections for your needs.

United States Federal law through the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978, requires states to connect with and purchase power from renewable energy systems. Many utilities offer net metering, which allows customers send excess electricity back to the utility when their system produces more power than they need. Customers can then get power from the utility when their system doesn’t produce enough power. In effect, net metering allows the interconnected customer to use the electrical grid as a storage battery. This helps customers get higher (retail) value for more of their self-generated electricity (not the surcharges). Standard net metering will generally apply a credit to the customers account for the surplus energy produced. In practice, net metering and net billing vary from state to state and utility to utility- based on rules for such arrangements defined by the state. For information about your particular state visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE).

Interconnection agreements vary from each utility or co-op, but all will most likely require specific safety information about the renewable energy system and should outline the type of net-metering agreement you have with them. Harvest Energy products that connect to the grid are UL listed and comply with anti-islanding laws that require the system to shut down in the event of an electric grid interruption. You may be the first person within your utility asking for an interconnection agreement for wind and solar. We encourage to you work with the experts at Harvest Energy to ensure you have the support you need should questions arise. Most utilities will require an on-site inspection at the completion of installation. By developing your relationship with the utility early, you will be ready at the time of install for connection to your utility grid.

All utilities and electricity co-ops have unique programs – we can assist in locating the appropriate connection information to meet your needs.

Contact Harvest Energy Solutions today for a free, no-obligation energy assessment!

Farm Energy Audits

Farm Energy Audits

A Harvest Energy Farm Energy Audit will itemize ways for you to save 10%-35% in energy costs on your farm and develop a plan for your energy future. This is the first step toward reducing your farm’s energy costs and developing a long range energy strategy tailored specifically for your operation.

A Harvest Energy Farm Energy Audit is an analysis of your farm’s complete energy usage, resulting in an Agriculture Energy Management Plan (AgEMP).  In as little as 2-3 hours at your farm the Harvest Energy Auditor will gather all the information necessary to identify opportunities that can save you between 10% and 35% of your current energy cost and give you the tools you need to prioritize the best ways to save energy. The Auditor will then develop and present a well-documented proposal that will include recommendations for energy conservation, energy efficiency and suggestions on available energy saving equipment with the goal of becoming energy independent through strategic long term planning and renewable energy.

The Typical Audit Process:

1. Contact our Harvest Energy Farm Auditor at 517-788-8800 for a phone interview. We’ll explain what to expect from the farm energy audit process.

2. Contact your electric utility, co-op or the USDA and attain their energy audit rebate program information if available.

3. Our trained auditor will do a 2-3 hour site visit at your farm to collect data and learn more about your operation and its energy usage. During the Audit we will collect specific energy data on heating, cooling, lighting, water heating, electric motors, heat exchangers, variable-speed drives, pumps including irrigation pumps, compressors, single phase to three phase options, ventilation and any other energy users.

4. Our auditor will then complete a thorough data analysis using historical energy information as well as potential expansions for the future.

5. Your Harvest Energy Farm Energy Auditor will write the AgEMP for your operation and deliver a clear and succinct energy audit report. This report will include recommendations for conservation and efficiency as well as a long range energy strategy for your farm. In addition, during the follow-up we will review the plan’s recommendations and discuss opportunities for implementation.

The Harvest Energy Audit is available for dairy, swine, poultry, irrigation, grain systems, greenhouses and other farm applications. This should be the first investment made toward energy efficiency on your farm.

Contact Harvest Energy Solutions today for a free, no-obligation energy assessment!

 

Renewable Energy Installation Process

It is Important to Understand the Renewable Energy Installation Process Before Starting

At Harvest Energy Solutions, we pride ourselves on helping our clients from initial concept to final implementation and beyond. From product selection and site assessment to on-site installation and follow-up maintenance, we manage the entire renewable energy design and installation process for our customers.

Below are the basic steps of the design and installation process. Please note, details vary based upon services rendered.

1. Site assessment (pre-sale)

  • Assistance with customized product selection based on region, application, cost of energy, wind regime, solar resource and other site dynamics; budget, timing, available incentives/subsidies and financing plans

2. Site due diligence (post-sale)

  • Site survey and analysis
  • Financing options
  • USDA grant scheduling
  • Purchase Order commitment from customer with deposit
  • Zoning, permits and utility approvals
  • Incentive applications
  • Foundation scheduling
  • Product delivery coordination and logistics

3. Site preparation (installation – phase one, underground)

  • MISS DIG or other local service to verify underground lines before digging
  • Excavation/foundation dig
  • Trenching
  • Cabling and conduit work
  • Building penetration
  • Photographic / Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC)
  • Mutual customer and installer sign-off

4. System installation (installation – phase two, above ground)

  • System delivery
  • System assembly and complete installation
  • Pre-operational testing
  • Photographic / Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC)
  • Readied for electrical inspection
  • Site clean-up
  • Mutual customer and installer sign-off

5. Warranty and service period (post-installation)

  • Standard and extended warranty programs offered
  • Annual/pre-scheduled on-site maintenance checks
  • Technical and hardware support
  • Remote diagnostics and monitoring capabilities
  • Ancillary product and accessory sales (e.g. anemometers, software upgrades)

Not Included 

  • Power Purchase Agreement fees (with your utility company, or third-party owner)
  • Local township permit fees
  • Local electrical inspection
  • Additional fees for final electrical / grid connection

Contact Harvest Energy Solutions today for a free, no-obligation renewable energy assessment!

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