Loving Farm: A Solar-Powered Animal Sanctuary

The tranquil hills of Loving Farm Animal Sanctuary provide a unique peek into an eco-friendly world, one which utilizes two valuable resources: compassion and green technology. Not only is the sanctuary home to more than 50 residents, each with a life-changing rescue tale of their own, but it’s also home to 30 rooftop solar panels, generating enough energy to feed all the needs of the farm and its residents. 

Take a look at how Loving Farm went solar-powered and what a difference it makes to both the farm and our environment!

Chickens and hens foraging in the grass at Loving Farm Animal Sanctuary
Photo Courtesy of Loving Farm Animal Sanctuary

A Solar Start

Tracy and Bill Soucy, the founders of Loving Farm, first brought solar energy to their farm in December of 2018. Today, their system features 30 Canadian 370w panels, which are placed on a ground mount and produce a maximum equivalent of 11,000 watts per hour of direct current at optimum power. 

Soucy explains, “Over the course of the year, the array produces a little more energy than we consume. Excess energy is exported to the utility grid.”

This exported energy allows the Soucy’s to earn energy offset for power taken from the grid, adding yet another benefit to solar power.

Horses in Grass by Stables at Loving Farm Animal Sanctuary
Photo Courtesy of Loving Farm Animal Sanctuary

The Benefits of Solar Energy

You may have heard that solar energy is good for the environment, but do you know why? Here are three examples:

  1. Reduces Air Pollution

The use of fossil fuels for energy creates a lot of pollutants, such as smog. Solar energy helps to reduce this air pollution and creates usable energy that doesn’t contribute to air pollution.

  1. Reduces Dependence on Nonrenewable Resources

Nonrenewable energy resources create an abundance of pollutants that negatively impact the environment. They’re also just as their name states — nonrenewable, meaning that they’ll eventually run out. Renewable energy is quite the opposite!

  1. Helps Fight Climate Change

Solar energy is one of the energy resources we can utilize to prevent further effects of climate change. By both reducing our CO2 emissions and releasing fewer pollutants into the environment, we can do our part to help slow the effects of climate change.

Sheep on Grass Hill at Loving Farm Animal Sanctuary
Photo Courtesy of Loving Farm Animal Sanctuary

A Multi-Functioning Solar Energy System

Loving Farm’s solar energy system powers anything and everything requiring electricity, such as lights, ovens, air conditioning, washer and dryers, and other appliances. Most importantly, Soucy explains, the solar and battery backup power the well pump so that the animals always have access to clean and fresh water. Additionally, the 30 solar panels sit on the roof of a run-in space, providing the cows, horses, sheep and goats with shade during the hottest hours of the day.

The animals can also use the area to wait out storms or escape the wind. Bill and Tracey have used their unique eye for detail and passion for protecting the environment to create this multi-purpose structure. It not only supports the entirety of their energy needs on the farm but also serves as a space for the animals to enjoy their lives in a farm paradise!

You can follow life at Loving Farm on their Instagram and Facebook page.

Carly Sutherland
Carly Sutherland

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