SOLAR PANELS ON AGRICULTURE FARMS
Using Solar Power with Agriculture
Benefits your farm or ranch can receive by utilizing solar energy:
Because farms are in more rural areas, sometimes it can be hard to get reliable electricity. Or even if the electricity is reliable, the electric bill for the whole operation can be very expensive. By using solar panels, you can minimize your bill or perhaps even negate it completely. And if you take advantage of the tax credits, state rebates, and USDA grants, you could get a solar array that covers your entire operation, which helps keep you off the grid and self-reliant.
Traditional greenhouses usually rely on traditional energy sources- fossil fuels- to maintain consistent temperatures for their plants. Using solar batteries in addition to solar panels keeps your greenhouses running reliably during nighttime, rainy days, and cloudy days. Using this method helps your wallet as well as the planet.
Solar water pumping systems (also called Photovoltaic, PV, water pumping systems), are a very popular option for farming locations that have no existing power lines. These solar irrigation systems are very reliable and require little maintenance. The basic pumps run directly when the sun in shining, ensuring they work the hardest during the summertime when they’re needed the most.
Sensor nodes are incredibly important to agriculture, helping to determine precipitation, soil moisture, and levels of sunlight, which can be a huge help to farmers. But traditional nodes can be difficult because they tend to rely on batteries, and sometimes it can be tricky to attach them to the main electric line. Solar powered sensor technology doesn’t have that issue, and are a cost-effective solution. You can also use electronic tags to monitor the feeding and watering of livestock.
Having livestock means you need fencing solutions that are effective and dependable. Easily installable Solar powered electric fences are a perfect solution, and can be used with movable paddocks or permanent installations.