The Dodon Farm complex, home to vineyards, croplands, pastures, woodlands & a training center began looking into clean energy options in 2014. The farm, with a long history of thoroughbred training (in 1743, Dodon’s stallion Dungannon won the first formal horse race in Maryland) and sustainable farming methods was looking foracleanerenergyalternative. Itsreducedpesticideuseandhealthy land management processes preserve the nearly three hundred year old farm, but the owners wanted to go further with its sustainability practices.
Through conversations with the Pittman family (9th generation owners of the property) the Aurora team understood the energy needs of the farm and decided on a barn rooftop siting for the solar array.
Dodon now has a training center, winery and three houses powered by solar. Aurora was able to help them take advantage of numerous incentives including federal and state tax credits as well as REAP and MEA grants. The system will save the farm more than $1 million over its lifetime, and will prevent over 115 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Sustainable energy for a sustainable way of life. Amazing.
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