When you take a moment to break down the amount of energy actually necessary for handling day to day operations on a farm, it starts to make sense why monthly bills can be so high. Between lighting, machinery & equipment, storage, water/irrigation systems and more, electricity is constantly flowing through even the most humble of farms and is especially crucial in larger operations. While most farms operate off of traditional electricity from the grid, there’s ample opportunity to make the switch to solar, which is capable of powering all of these facets of the operation and more. The benefits of installing solar panels in an agricultural setting are immense, including the following:
Reduced Energy Costs
For each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of power produced via solar energy, one less kWh needs to be purchased from the electric company. The end result? More money staying on the farm, where it belongs.
Solar energy is completely passive, producing power as long as the sun is shining. Not only does this save you money in the process, but you can actually earn additional income by selling surplus power back to the grid!
Offset Rising Energy Costs
There’s no getting around the fact that energy prices are on the rise. Solar provides farmers with insurance against rising energy costs, providing reliable energy without fears of having to spend more money down the road.
Increased Property Value
USDA Grants, tax incentives, and a depreciation schedule of five years