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Heartland inventor creates way for chicken farmers to "go green"

Gerald Guiling Gerald Guiling

Heartland inventor creates way for chicken farmers to "go green"
By: Erica Byfield

McCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - Whether you believe in global warming or not, one heartland inventor thinks he's found a way to get chicken farmers to "go green" all by using solar power. "I've been building and designing solar energy products since, well the mid-70's" said Gerald Guiling.

Thirty years later inventor Guiling has three patents to his name. "This has zero moving parts, zero fuel and has zero emissions" he points out.

The basic concept and design are simple; use the suns rays to keep the chickens warm. And farmers have to shell out big bucks to pay for heating in the winter months; because chicken houses have to be at least 90 degrees. "Hopefully the farmers would be happy because it could very likely save them a very large amount money" said Gulling.

He had the idea and the product, but the hard part was finding a farmer who's willing to try going green.

Eventually one in Bloomfield, Missouri gave it a go; Guiling has pictures of the solar panels set up outside the barns. Guiling said so far this farmer says its working great; he adds solar power is an option more than just farmers should look at. "We have enough sun that hits the planet right here that we can run the United States of America for days off one sun shinny day."

Guiling hopes by leading this trend of going green he's doing his part to help the country save energy and farmer's cash "we don't have any choice in the matter, if we don't do something our children and grandchildren are really going to live in a rough world."

It's important to note these solar panels are a supplement; meaning farmers need to keep their old heating system as a back up just in case the weather is a little dreary.  One solar panel costs $1,100.

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