Sunlight to Sunflowers: Solar Panels and Agriculture
“Capturing the sun’s energy for light, heat, hot water, and electricity can be a convenient way to save money. Whether drying crops, heating buildings, or powering a water pump, using the sun can make the farm more efficient.” ~Solar Living Source Book
Efficiency is key in farming success. From having the right farming equipment to spending the right amount of hours in the fields. It’s no secret that the more efficient a farm is, the more productive it will be.
First, a lot of energy is needed in farming, with monthly electric bills sometimes running into thousands of dollars. According to Energy Information Administration, $350 is spent per planted acre of corn on energy alone. That’s a lot of money and lot of energy!
Solar energy can be used in agriculture in a number of ways. Some examples include, saving money, increasing self-reliance, and reducing pollution.
It is estimated that solar panel’s carbon footprint per unit of energy production is 95% lower than that of fossil fuel power plants. That’s a big difference!
Today’s farmers provide valuable crops to communities around the country. Also, an increasing number are choosing to lower their production costs, help ensure a sustainable environment, and save money by switching to solar energy.
Lastly, farmers have relied on the sun for centuries to produce valuable, quality crops. We’re not looking to change that, but to help them prepare future generations for success with solar panel agriculture.
Thanks for reading! If you’re interested in eliminating your electric bill and implementing a solar energy solution into your business, reach out to us today and we’ll get you set up with a free estimate!