Altenergy installs 251-kW solar array for Virginia agricultural transport supplier


Houff Corporation, an agricultural products and services company serving the counties of Rockingham, Augusta, Page and Rockbridge, Virginia, has reduced its utility bills by switching to solar power.

“Our operation requires a reasonable amount of electrical energy. Obtaining much of this energy from solar is a huge cost saving for our company, ”said JD Patton, Houff’s treasurer. “The original project was a complete success. When we recently purchased another facility off our current location, we decided to install solar panels on the roof to get the similar cost savings on this new facility. “

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In 2016, Houff contacted Altenergy to install a 234 kW solar system for their warehouse. The new 251 kW solar system is intended to cover 100% of the energy requirements of the new Houff system.

Houff is based in Weyers Cave. The company provides transportation and logistics services to agricultural and industrial customers in the central Shenandoah Valley, as well as rail-to-truck transshipment, transportation and storage services in multiple locations across Virginia.

“It was a breeze,” said Taylor Balac, Altenergy’s master electrician. “The people at Houff were incredibly accommodating during the installation process, providing a forklift and a number of powered pallet lifters. This allowed us to quickly set up our security system and start installing. With 7 installers on site, we were able to share and conquer: 90% of the work done within 3 weeks. I couldn’t have asked for better performance from our plumbing crew, and couldn’t have received better treatment from the owners. “

“Altenergy is an excellent company to work with. I particularly appreciate the turnkey approach to the project, with which all the necessary documents are prepared for the client. Installation was very quick and the final project looks great. The people we worked with at Altenergy were all very professional and knowledgeable, ”said JD Patton.

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