Taylor Poultry

Taylor Poultry

Batesburg, South Carolina
Ground-Mounted Solar Array | Net-Metering
Utility: Dominion Power

In 2019, Renewvia installed a 302.4 kW ground-mounted solar array for independent poultry farmer, Chris Taylor, and secured his participation in Dominion's (formerly SCE&G) net metering program, an essential component to the long-term viability and economics of poultry solar.

Even though peak electricity consumption for South Carolinian egg producers occurs during the hot summer months when Taylor Farms pays a peak rate of approximately 14 cents per kilowatt hour, his power-hungry breeder complex still averages around 13 cents an hour for the entire year. However, as a result of the egg production cycle, hens only occupy the barns for nine to 10 months a year. This leaves two to three months with very minimal power consumption, but during which Chris Taylor’s solar panels continue to capture solar energy. Dominion's net metering program allows him to push excess electricity back onto the grid. He then receives a credit of 13 cents an hour for any energy generated above what is consumed, which is applied to future energy bills.