- John Deere named one of the best global brands
- John Deere Iowa factory celebrates its 100th anniversary
- John Deere encourages children to carry on the tradition of farm life
- University expansion gives John Deere the chance to gain a new facility
- Illinois students become familiar with the most up-to-speed farming equipment
- A tractor museum in North Dakota features unique John Deere tractors
- John Deere antique clock keeps tabs on the company's dedication to farm life
- High school agriculture students get a sample of groundbreaking equipment
- John Deere plays its part in Perryville's Old Timers' Day event
- Renovations are being performed in Moline to maintain the John Deere heritage
Posted by Green Fun Store on 1/11/2011 to Farm Lifestyle
Yesterday, the forty solar panels that King installed at his Harvesting Earth Farm went online; later in the week, two solar geothermal systems will also go online and will be added to his two 2,880 square-foot greenhouses. King told the Flint Journal that he is an ardent believer in solar power technologies: "The earth is the biggest solar panel in the world. I believe in solar. That's why we call this Harvesting Earth. We don't give up anything."
Moreover, King affirmed that the farm life upgrades required little initial capital as students at Kettering University used a $50,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to install the geothermal systems at his farm. While the solar panel systems will greatly reduce his electricity consumption, they will also enable King to farm more produce all year long because of the extra warmth they will bring to his greenhouses.
During the summer months, the photovoltaic systems will generate enough clean electricity to eliminate 100 percent of the farm's energy costs, King asserts. In fact, King plans to sell back excess energy to the state once the solar panels are fully churning in the sunny summer months.