Solar for Farms
Outbuildings, barns, and other site structures are why farms are fantastic solar sites. Roofs with plenty of square footage and vast unused land with little to no tall trees are also ideal locations for solar energy systems. 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 cheaper 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. Current solar panel prices are too expensive for many crop irrigation systems. However, photovoltaic systems can be economical for livestock water supplies, pond aeration, and small irrigation systems. In addition, the cost of a PV system declines significantly over time, making more applications cost-effective.
When implementing solar energy on agricultural properties, pumping water is one of the 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 can assist in water storage for later use, eliminating the need for battery packs and simplifying the process and total costs of the system.