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Delta Farm Press | May 4, 2012

Agricenter International, long known for turning sunshine into bales of cotton and bushels of grain, is now converting sunshine into electricity, thanks to a new 1 megawatt solar farm.

The official grand opening ceremony of Agricenter’s solar farm was held on the east side of the array just south of Walnut Grove Rd. in Memphis, Tenn., in mid-April.

The 998,400-watt photovoltaic system sits on five acres and will generate 1.6 gigawatt-hours annually, which is enough energy to power 107 homes for one year. Over 25 years, the solar farm will offset 38,350 tons of carbon dioxide, 100 tons of nitrous oxide and 200 tons of sulfur dioxide. This is the equivalent of taking 5,000 automobiles off the road or planting 7,500 acres of trees.

During dedication ceremonies, Bill Gillon, Agricenter chairman and  president and chief executive officer of the Memphis-based Cotton Board said, “This significant solar farm, perched here in the middle of Agricenter and Shelby Farms, is a testament to our commitment to move forward. This solar farm will not solve America’s energy needs, but this farm and others like it, are undoubtedly part of a long-term, more sustainable future.”

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