How Farms Are Using Commercial Solar Panels.
The agricultural sector has had more than its fair share of struggles in recent times. Fluctuating food prices, poor harvests and pressure from supermarkets have made it very difficult for farmers to make ends meet, meaning that other important issues such as sky-high energy bills are often put to one side to meet those challenges. However, for any large family-owned farm that has problems with meeting their energy needs, there is an eco-friendly solution that could save them money.
As featured on dulas.org.uk, renewable energy is perfect for any farm looking to save on its energy bills. By generating their own electricity, farms can save themselves thousands every year while they do no harm to the environment, but how can agricultural settings actually generate renewable, clean energy? As it happens, many farms are perfect for generating wind power, solar power, biomass energy and even hydro energy, although as far as the latter is concerned, that depends on proximity to a water source.
Solar panels can be placed on the roof of the farmhouse or barn to generate thermal energy to heat water or electricity for general use, and as there’s plenty of space for panels, it’s possible to generate enough to sell on to nearby residences. As for wind power, in rural areas, there tends to be plenty of wind, so it’s possible to place a turbine anywhere on the land, planning permission pending.
On a farm, there is huge potential for generating electricity through biomass. Biomass is basically where organic matter is burned and converted into energy, and for farmers who have access to crops such as wheat and barley, it’s perfect, as they could use both for it by converting it. Meanwhile, hydroelectric power can be generated for any farmers whose land is bordering a river or large stream that regularly flows. Placing a generator near the river will help to provide a cheap, reliable energy source that is sure to last for a while.