Horseshoe Valley Equine Center

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Horseshoe Valley Equine Center, located in Lebanon County, PA, is a veterinary practice that takes care of exclusively large animals such as food animals and equines. Dr. Renee Nodine realized that she had to find new ways to cut operational costs in order to keep up profits in the weak economy. She decided to see if she could save on her utility bills. While investigating ways to save money, she considered alternative energy opportunities.  After researching various options, she decided that installing a solar energy system was her best option.

Nodine contacted the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center’s Clean Technology Resource Center (CTRC) to help start cutting utility costs.  A Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) CTRC Consultant made several recommendations on ways she could reduce her energy costs.  After carefully reviewing her options, Nodine worked with a contractor who drew up a plan to install a 24.64 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The solar system would produce up to 2,360 kWh of power per month, off-setting a major portion of the 3,603 kWh of power provided by the utility company. The solar project was estimated to cost about $100,000. However, in order to complete this project, Nodine needed funding assistance to offset the cost of her alternative energy project.
 
Once again, Nodine contacted the Kutztown University SBDC CTRC consultant for assistance with funding opportunities for the solar PV project.  The CTRC Consultant informed Dr. Nodine of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant, the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Sunshine Grant, Federal Tax Incentives, and Solar Renewal Energy Credits (SRECs).  Nodine applied for and was awarded a USDA REAP Grant for the amount of $9,929, the PA Sunshine Grant for the amount of $14,820, and a Federal Tax Credit for the amount of $30,000. In September 2011, Horseshoe Valley Equine Center plugged in its solar PV project, and is currently generating electricity.
 
Through the innovative and proactive approach towards achieving greater energy efficiency, Nodine has demonstrated a commitment to the public’s best interest.  With limited renewable fuel resources, every effort made to reduce energy consumption helps insure that there is some left for future generations.  Nodines’s success demonstrates that there are cost effective ways to make capital improvements to reduce energy consumption, and consequently reduce overall operating costs.
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