Did you know we are an 100% off grid ranch? One of the main criteria’s we had when designing SRAS was that we needed to be 100% off grid. It took almost a whole year of getting the right permits, purchasing the right equipment, and putting it all together for the ranch to be built just the way we wanted it.
Why was being 100% off grid so important to us?
Animal agriculture is a leading cause of pollution, deforestation, and depletion of global resources. Building an 100% off grid ranch was a way for us to do our part in minimizing these harmful effects.
How does being 100% off grid work?
Our solar panels get to work as soon as the sun comes up and generate enough power to run the entire 10-acre ranch during the daytime. The extra power is diverted into batteries so there is enough energy to operate the ranch after the sun sets. The controls inside the battery house keep us informed on the amount of energy in use and how much is stored. The solar panels are cleaned regularly for optimum performance. The solar panels run our pump in our well where we are able to pump fresh water for the residents and our gardens.
What else do we do?
To stay green every resource at the ranch is recycled or repurposed, including organic matter collected from the rescues. This natural fertilizer is used in our compost garden to grow fruits and vegetables to be used as feed. Our efforts mean less demand on commercial produce which means less demand on the earth. The compost garden also serves as a learning tool for the community on how to steward the planet to give resources a second life, even with something as unappealing as manure.
We love sharing about how we are able to help protect our planet and natural resources!