Celebrating Sustainable Agriculture

DuPont News, January 31, 2013
Celebrating Sustainable Agriculture
Harborview Farms recently expanded its implementation of sustainable farming practices to include the use of 200 kilowatts of solar power. Photo courtesy of Harborview Farms.

 

DuPont recently celebrated the installation of a 200 kilowatt solar array at Harborview Farms, one of the largest agriculture operations in Maryland. The 10,000 acre farm exemplifies cutting-edge management practices and key collaborations among DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, DuPont Pioneer, and DuPont Crop Protection to provide sustainable solutions for food, energy and environmental protection.

“Renewable energy is a fast growing part of the global energy mix, and solar power in particular is more affordable today than ever before,” said David Miller, president, DuPont Electronics & Communications. “Solar power, together with other sustainable farming practices recommended by DuPont, provides great potential to boost crop yields and energy savings for farmers. This installation demonstrates the active commitment DuPont has to sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture and collaboration with the farming community on innovative solutions to feed and power the world.” 

The mission of Harborview Farms includes sustainable agriculture – and the solar panel installation is just the latest example of responsible farming practices that benefit the environment, the community and future generations.  When Harborview learned about DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions and the proven reliability of its DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) films, they specified the material in the solar panels installed at Harborview Farms.  Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride film-based backsheets provide solar panels with superior protection against the elements even beyond their expected 25-year lifetime. 

“Sustainability requires partnerships,” said Trey Hill, partner, Harborview Farms. “DuPont has worked with us for many years to understand our needs and to deliver innovative technologies for sustainable agriculture that are appropriate for the local community. Our solar installation is just the next step toward the future of farming.”