Harvesting Energy: Wind and Solar Power
Time: 2-5 pm
Francis and Susan Thicke
1745 Brookville Rd.
Fairfield, IA 52556
(641) 919-8554 – (cell)
Explore how Radiance Dairy “harvests” alternativeenergy, which is created or captured on the farm with a 40 kW wind turbine, solar-thermal hotwater heater, solar-powered pumping system for livestock watering and geothermal heating and cooling system. The Thickes also save energy because their cows graze and thus harvest their own forage. This event is a follow-up to the Thickes’ popular 2011 field day, with the wind turbine now erected.
• Planning, installing and operating a wind turbine
• Other on-farm energy conservation and generation
• Brief tour of the farm’s 60-paddock grazing system and on-farm dairy processing facilities
• Generate your own energy with PFI’s Energy Generation and Conservation demonstrations
• Rich Schuler, PFI Energy Program consultant
Radiance Dairy is a 450-acre, 80-cow, organic, grassbased dairy in which the milk produced is processed on the farm into bottled milk, yogurt and cheese and marketed locally. Energy systems in place on the farm include a solar thermal system for preheating hot water, a wind turbine, a solar-powered water pumping system, a geothermal heating and cooling system and a natural convection cooling system in the house.
From Fairfield: Go west on Burlington Avenue and turn right (north) onto Brookville Road / County Road H33. Note that road construction on Brookville Road will require you to follow detour signs for several miles. After you turn back onto Brookville Road (it will be a right turn), go another half-mile to Radiance Dairy on the right side of the road. You’ll see the 120-foot-tall wind turbine.
From the west on U.S. 34: Turn left (north) onto Packwood Road (also Co Rd V63) at mile marker 207. Go 3 miles and turn right (east) onto Brookville Road / Co Rd H33 and go 3 miles to Radiance Dairy on your left (look for the 120-foot-tall wind turbine).