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Solar Panels for Chicken Farm

by 5m Editor
10 July 2013, at 8:27am

AUSTRALIA - The developer of what is said to be Australia's biggest free-range chicken farm is looking at building a solar farm to power the complex.

ABC News reports that Santrev Poultry is developing the farm near Blanchetown to include 42 sheds, with nearly 40,000 birds housed in each shed.

Company director, Richard Sanday, said the farms will initially be powered using traditional electricity sources.

"Further down the track we have got plans of the possibility of actually putting in a solar farm to help with the power usage," he said.

"We thought it would be an ideal situation out there - there's plenty of sun and plenty of area to put it - it would be silly not to take advantage of it.

According to Mr Sanday, it is hoped the complex will be finished by October 2014.

"It will be the largest free-range facility in Australia and we've made some inquiries with some of our colleagues overseas and they don't know of any other free-range facility in the world that will match it, so it could be the largest free range facility in the world," he said.