Featured Projects

Featured Project: Chippenham Park Farms (Bamboo, St. Ann)

Type:                Solar powered rainwater catchment

 

 

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1.Client

Chippenham Park Farms (now owned by Caribbean Broilers Group) is a Jamaica-based producer of farm fresh eggs. A large, modern facility with 25,000 layers, the company produces “farm fresh, all natural, premium quality eggs”.

 

2. Challenge

Agricultural facilities require extensive amounts of water, and energy to move this water around.

The founders  of Chippenham, Ian and Suzanne Banks, have always considered the environmental impact of their operations. Early adopters of bio-degradable packaging, they were interested in minimizing the energy consumption of the Farm – and in ensuring they had a reliable source of water to meet their needs.  Ian Banks notes “We wanted a renewable energy system that was eco-friendly and made good business sense”. Sun Source was retained to design and build the system.

 

3. Technology

Sun Source built a rainwater catchment system that features

  • capture of rainwater runoff from facility roofs
  • storage in a 800,000 gallon BTL lined reservoir
  • Three 175 watt solar panels powering a variable speed submersible pump

The rainwater is pumped to an elevated storage tank, and from there is gravity fed to the entire facility (including the farm’s residential needs).

The system also includes a pump controller system that allows the operator to choose between solar (DC) and grid (AC) power.

 

4. Result

The Sun Source system provides in excess of 3000 gallons per day. This completely meets the facility’s requirements (and has capacity to handle an expansion of the Farm, and the renewable energy system).

The Sun Source system requires very little maintenance – the pump automatically shuts off when the storage tanks are full, and there are no batteries to be checked or serviced.

Perhaps most importantly, the system is very cost-effective – and paid for itself within a two year period. John Marcocchio, Sun Source’s founder, said “We’re very pleased to have been able to help Chippenham Park Farms meet their energy and water needs on an ecologically sound and economical basis. We look forward to continuing to work with them in the future”.

Featured Project: Walkerswood Community Farmers Group (Walkerswood, St. Ann)

 

Type:                            Solar powered rainwater catchment

 

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1. Client

 

The members of this community work and sell their produce as a group, and have designed and built their own greenhouses.

 

2. Challenge

Unpredictable and seasonal variations in rainfall have limited the farmers’ ability to grow specialty crops and access lucrative hotel and supermarket customers.

 

3. Technology

Sun Source designed and installed a system that features:

  • Two 130 watt panels
  • 800,000 gallon BTL lined resevoir
  • One 1.5 HP surface mounted pump

Rainwater is captured from the roof of a nearby food processing facility, and gravity fed into a lined storage pond. It’s then pumped, on an as-needed basis, to elevated storage tanks and then gravity fed to cover a 40 acre area of greenhouses and open farm fields.

 

4. Result

The system has enabled local farmers to increase the volume and reliability of their harvests. This has in turn given them the opportunity to sell premium fruits and vegetables, on a year-round basis, to hotels and supermarket chains.

John Marcocchio, Sun Source’s founder, notes the project started with 3 greenhouses and has been expanded to include 12. He also notes that the farmers now have access to as much water as they need, whenever they need it, and that “the farmers are doing this out of cash flow and the monies they’ve earned though their ability to grow crops and sell them in the local market”.

Featured Project: Jeffrey Town Farmers Association (Jeffrey Town, St. Mary)

 

Type:                            Hybrid wind/solar power

 

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1. Client

The Jeffrey Town Farmers Association has constructed a complex that includes a radio station, internet cafe, agro-food processing and storage facilities for the cooperative.

 

2. Challenge

Because grid electricity is expensive in Jamaica, in order to ensure the sustainability of the complex the Association needed to minimize its ongoing energy costs.

 

3. Technology

Sun Source designed and installed a hybrid wind/solar system that features:

  • Twenty-four 240 watt solar panels
  • One 1 kilowatt micro wind turbine
  • full battery backup, inverters and controllers that deliver both 120 and 240 volts

Primary power is supplied by the solar panels, with the wind turbine filling in when the sun isn’t shining.

 

4. Result

The system provides 80% of the energy needs of the complex. The members of the Association have stated that without the independent power source they simply would not be able to afford the cost of running the radio station and internet cafe.

John Marococchio, Sun Source’s founder, notes “The Jeffrey Town Farmers Association is a very active and progressive organization – and one committed to improving the lives of its members. We’re very pleased to have been able to participate in this project”

Featured Project: BREDS Community Sports Complex (Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth)

 

Type:                            Solar powered irrigation and lighting

 

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1.Client

The BREDS Community Sports Complex is a 15 acre facility. It contains 2 football fields as well a cricket pitch and tennis, netball and basketball courts.

 

2. Challenge

In order to keep the football fields and cricket pitch in good maintenance, the Sports Complex required water and energy for an irrigation system. In addition, they required a lighting system so the netball and basketball courts can be used at night.

 

3. Technology

Sun Source worked along with community leaders and funding agencies to custom design and install a solar powered pumping system and a lighting system.

The systems at the BREDS Complex features:

  • Twelve 240 watt solar panels for irrigation
  • Two 240 watt solar panels for lighting
  • 498 watt high powered LED lights
  • full battery backup

Water is extracted from a well 75 feet deep and pumped through a pipeline to a series of sprinklers on the field. The basketball and netball court lights are powered by a battery array that is charged during the day by the solar panels.

 

4. Result

Sun Source’s founder, John Marcocchio, said “Working with the members of the community and their partners was an absolute pleasure. We’re very pleased that the Complex is such a success and look forward to this being a model for community development throughout the island”.

Featured Project: Allied Farms (Pantrepant, Trelawny)

 

Type:                            Solar powered pumping system

 

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1. Client

 

Allied Farms is a large-scale beef cattle operation.

 

2. Challenge

Modern livestock farming requires extensive amounts of water. A river in the area is some distance from the farm operation, and trucking in water is prohibitively expensive.

 

3. Technology

Sun Source designed and installed a solar powered pumping system with the following features:

  • Twenty-four 240 watt solar panels
  • One 5 HP variable speed DC pump

The system pumps 25,000 gallons/day from the river to an elevated storage tank on the top of a nearby hill. This tank then utilizes gravity to feed a piped distribution system.

 

4. Result

The pumping system provides 100% of the farm’s water needs, and does so on very cost-effective basis.

John Marococchio, Sun Source’s founder, notes “We’ve enjoyed working with Allied Farms. This system has helped them to minimize their operating costs, and ensure the smooth operation of their facility”.

Featured Project: Residential Swimming Pool (Jacks Hill, St. Andrew)

 

Type:                            Solar powered pumping system

 

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1. Client

The home has a 30,000 gallon swimming pool that includes a jacuzzi and waterfall.

 

2. Challenge

Maintaining an optimal level of filtration is expensive due to the cost of grid electricity in Jamaica.

 

3. Technology

Sun Source designed and installed a solar powered pumping system that features:

  • Five  200 watt solar panels
  • One 1.5 HP variable speedDC pump

The roof-mounted panels provide power to the pump which circulates water through an existing filtration system.

 

4. Result

The system provides 1.5 turnovers/day, and in doing so minimizes the need for chlorine tablets – and provides sufficient power for vacuuming the pool. Fred Hickling, the owner of the property, notes “I’ve been able to reduce my electricity consumption in half … I’m very pleased”.