Increased Energy Efficiency via Programmable Irrigation and Fertigation
NOE - Notice of Exemption
PowWow Energy, in collaboration with WiseConn Engineering, West Hills College Coalinga (WHCC) and UCSB, proposes to develop an automated, programmable irrigation management system that will integrate cutting-edge technologies to increase the energy efficiency of irrigation (defined as using less energy to achieve the same level of crop production). Pilot-scale tests of the integrated technology platform will be conducted at two sites on commercial farms located in disadvantaged communities: an almond orchard near Delano (AgWise Enterprises, SCE territory) and a field with a rotation of row crops (tomato, garlic, etc.) near Huron (Woolf Farming and Processing, PG&E territory). The pilot test data and the results from surveys of local farmers will be used to assess the potential impact of the proposed technology on two disadvantaged farming areas in CA.
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