Lavender Pond Farm, New England’s largest lavender farm has announced the installation of a solar SmartFlower, the first all-in-one, plug and play photovoltaic solar system.
“We are thrilled to deploy the SmartFlower,” said Denise Salafia owner of Lavender Pond Farm. “It not only represents a long-term cost savings for our farm, but the stunning aesthetics of the SmartFlower are fully in-line with our goal to try and make Lavender Pond Farm a more beautiful place.”
The purchase of the SmartFlower was funded in part by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Rural Energy for America (REAP) Renewable Energy System grant. The REAP program helps increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements.
“This procurement and deployment of the SmartFlower represented a total team effort,” continued Salafia. “Without the support of our local USDA Rural Development Office and the team at the Connecticut Farm Energy Program this project would not have been possible. Then to have the professionals from Auer Builders and All Green it Solar at our farm to do the site work and deploy the system was just a great experience from beginning to end.”