Agricultural Solar Energy Systems

Solar for Farms

Outbuildings, barns, and other site structures contribute to why farms are inherently terrific solar sites. Roofs with a lot of square footage and large, unused areas of land are also typically ideal locations for solar energy systems which offset the high costs of daily power usage. In many instances, the USDA also offers grants and funding for agricultural solar systems, dramatically reducing the overall system cost.

Agricultural Application for Solar Energy

Solar energy can provide a cheaper remote electricity supply than wires or generators.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are often a cheaper option than new electric lines for providing power to remote locations. And because they require no fuel and have no moving parts, they are more convenient to operate and maintain than diesel or gasoline generators. PV systems can be more economical than traditional remote electricity systems in as little as a 50-foot distance from a power source. 

PV systems are a highly reliable and low-maintenance option for electric fences, lights and water pumps. Although current solar panel prices could be too expensive for many crop irrigation systems, photovoltaic systems are economical for remote livestock water supply, pond aeration, and small irrigation systems. In addition, the cost of PV is projected to decline significantly over time, which will make more applications cost-effective.

When it comes to implementing solar energy on agricultural properties, water pumping is one of the easiest and most logical applications. Solar-powered water pumping can irrigate crops, stock watering and contribute to domestic usage or other water needs. In most cases these systems are able to assist in water storage for when the sun’s not shining. This eliminates the need for battery packs and simplifies the process and total costs of the system.

Why Invest in Solar

Electricity Price Increases

Your solar system will provide a way to avoid the always-rising electrical utility prices, generating your own electricity easily and efficiently. Should you have an increase in your need for power, adding panels to your already-installed solar system can be done easily and quickly.

Net Metering

The demand for energy increases continually. This means it’s becoming easier to set up net metering with your local utility company. You’ll earn credit during solar overproduction periods and then use those same credits when solar production periods are slower.

Cost of Solar Panels

The cost of solar panels and installation is not as expensive as it used to be. With the lower cost of parts and installation, the rate of return on your investment is much quicker than in the past.

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