Cattle ranch considering sustainability through renewable energy

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A 130,000-acre ranch in Hawaii is working with consultants to find the best method to generate enough renewable energy to completely sustain the 26,000-head ranch with excess powering the Big Island.

Parker Ranch’s management team is considering how to use natural assets to build a sustainable future for its property and the community of Waimea. Three consulting companies are looking at hydro-power, wind, solar, and biomass energy development.  

The ranch averages $300,000 annually in electricity bills, three times higher than the national average.

According to the Associated Press, chief executive Neil "Dutch" Kuyper of Parker Ranch says the ranch's primary motivation is saving money and avoiding the volatility in prices from utilities.

Parker Ranch owns about 26,000 Angus and Charolais cattle. The ranch primarily produces calves which are weaned and shipped to the mainland for finishing.

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