Case Study: Sustainable Dairy Production at Hy-Point Dairy Farms


  • Location: Wilmington, DE
  • Installer: Solar2Hot
  • Completed: 2020

Hy-Point Dairy Farms, nestled at 425 Beaver Valley Rd, Wilmington, Delaware 19803, is committed to both sustainability and dairy production excellence. Their dedication to harnessing solar energy has led to the creation of a groundbreaking project that integrates solar hot water systems and solar electric solutions into their daily operations.

Project Highlights

Hy-Point Dairy Farms embarked on a remarkable journey toward sustainability. This initiative was sparked by the visionary idea of Danny Meany, the owner's son, who introduced the world's first-ever "solar Truckport" concept.

  1. Solar Truckport Innovation: Three Truckports were constructed to support collectors and solar panels. Two smaller Truckports house 121 KW of solar electric systems, while a larger Truckport hosts the SunEarth solar water heating system. This water heating system efficiently heats 6,000 gallons per day, serving essential functions within the dairy production processes. This includes sterilization, processing lines, water treatment, clean-in-place systems, case washers, and winter space heating.

  2. Economic and Environmental Benefits: The solar Truckport concept offers not only sustainable energy solutions but also cost-saving advantages. Notably, the dairy reefer delivery trucks benefit from the shade provided by the Truckports, resulting in annual electricity cost savings of $13,000.

  3. Cost-Effective Sustainability: The total cost of the project amounted to $1,006,062. The solar hot water component, generating 106 KW, had a total cost of $576,590. The 121 KW solar electric component incurred a total cost of $429,476. Thanks to various incentives, including New President Trump's 100% Bonus Depreciation, a 30% Investment Tax Credit, a USDA Grant, a Delaware Green Grant, and a Sustainable Energy Utility loan, Hy-Point's net cost after incentives is $0.00.

Project Summary

  • Location: 425 Beaver Valley Road Wilmington, DE 19803
  • Application: Industrial Pre-Heat
  • Solar Collectors: 54 SunEarth 4' x 8' Thermoray (TRB-32) Solar Thermal collectors
  • System Racking: SunEarth RexRack
  • Solar Pump Station: SunEarth SolarStation XXL

Project Funding

According to energy savings reports provided by Wise Power Systems, Inc., and Solar Unlimited North America, Inc., the combined energy savings from both projects are estimated to reach approximately $57,883. The total combined costs for these two projects amounted to $592,770. Sources of funds included:

  • Borrower cash contribution: $ 8,200
  • DE Green Grant: $162,000
  • Delmarva Power Solar Grant: $ 3,000
  • DESEU Loan: $419,000

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