Fish Hatchery in Palau Uses Solar Power from Alternative Energy, Inc.

When Dr. Jim McVey, the CEO of Indigo Seafood, began planning for a fish hatchery in the island nation of Palau, he faced a unique challenge. There is no "grid" to which the plant could connect for vital functions such as air blowers and water pumps. He needed a solar solution ...

When Dr. Jim McVey, the CEO of Indigo Seafood, began planning for a hatchery in the island nation of Palau, he faced a unique challenge. There is no "grid" to which the plant could connect for vital functions such as air blowers and water pumps. Consequently, he began exploring potential off-grid power solutions and became acquainted with Alternative Energy, Inc.


After working with Alternative Energy, Inc. president Bill Finch, Dr. McVey selected a SUNRNR generator to power the plant. Because of the unique circumstances, the pair had to work to create a custom solar solution involving a pump with a variable speed starter and extra solar panels to handle the plant's needs.

Recently, Indigo Seafood completed installation of the solar system and the hatchery is now up and running.

"All the pumps and solar systems are here in Palau. Fish cages are in the water. The Seabees are helping us install everything. It is very exciting … the whole island is excited about the project," Dr. McVey reports.

We are beyond thrilled to have been able to help Dr. McVey and his company set up this project.

"I would recommend Alternative Energy and Bill Finch for any of your solar system needs," says Dr. McVey.

Whether it's a remote island in the South Pacific, a quaint cabin in Appalachia, or a suburban home in Pennsylvania, Alternative Energy, Inc. has the product and expertise to meet your needs.

"I got into this business to provide solar solutions to people and companies of many different backgrounds," says Bill Finch, president of Alternative Energy, Inc. "Sometimes, that even takes you to an island you'd never heard of, and that's what I love about it."

Featured Product

POWER MAX™ Ballasted Roof Mounting System

POWER MAX™ Ballasted Roof Mounting System

Preformed Line Products introduces the POWER MAX Ballasted Roof Mounting System. The POWER MAX solar mounting system is engineered to maximize energy output on commercial flat roofs. Developed with the professional installer in mind, this system offers adjustable inter-row spacing in the field of up to 11 inches. It features 50% fewer components and a simplified design resulting in faster assembly rates and labor savings on every project. Available in a flush mount, 5˚ or 10˚ tilt or higher density dual tilt design, the POWER MAX base arrives stacked on pallets providing easier transport to the roof. Engineered as a fully ballasted, non-penetrating system, it accepts standard concrete blocks and is qualified by wind tunnel testing.