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CCATP #733 – Brian Hoffman takes Solar to a New Level – Co-Interview with Steve Sheridan

Steve & Allison on Zoom with Brian - he's pointing at his pond in his forest

Recently Tom Merritt and Sarah Lane of DTNS fame hosted what they called a Solar Round Table. The guests were NosillaCast Live Producer Steve Sheridan, an engineer working at AES Solar named Joe Briney, and Boeing 777 captain Brian Hoffman.

I tell you that whole story because when Steve got off the phone, he started telling me all about Brian’s huge projects to use solar on his farm. Steve was so enthusiastic about these projects that he started barraging Brian with questions about his projects in email, so I suggested Brian come on Chit Chat and Steve help me co-host.

You’ll hear Brian explain how he and his wife planted literally more than 10,000 trees themselves, about how he grows the tilapia fish in the “pond” he built, and how creating that pond got him started getting into using solar to power his farm. He didn’t just write a check and have someone come out and install solar, he bought the components but built everything himself.

While you may not follow in Brian’s footsteps, it’s very cool to know that it’s actually possible to do this yourself and to learn about how Brian gives back to his community. Steve and I had a great time talking to Brian and learning from him and I know you will too. Don’t forget to go listen to the DTNS Solar Panel Panel too!

Below the fold, you’ll find photos of some of the panels and structures he’s built on his farm.

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Solar Array to Power Sprinklers for Dam Erosion
Solar Array to Power Sprinklers for Dam Erosion
Teeter Totter Tracking Array from Drone
Teeter Totter Tracking Array from Drone
Tracking Array Up Close
Tracking Array Mechanics
Tracking Array Mechanics

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