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
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[00:51:40] JF: We don’t have any problem with that. We consume so much energy at Community Baker that our solar panels – We have 102 solar panels on our –
[00:51:48] KM: Where are they? Are they on the roof?
[00:51:50] JF: They’re on the roof of that main building that people come in and sit down and have their coffee. You can barely see the edge of them and actually that’s by design partly because we buy, installing them on a historic building and you’ll be interested in this, because you have an historic building, but more historic than ours. In fact, but in any event, we were able to claim a historic rehab credit for the cost of that solar installation, and that was another reason that made it very attractive to do it and persuaded me to say, “Let’s just get this done and I don’t have time to spend a lot of energy on trying to look at other alternatives.” I trusted the people Seal Solar are the ones who did –
[00:52:41] KM: Seal Solar.
[00:52:42] JF: Seal Solar. They did our project. They did a very nice job. They’re good people to work with.