Solar energy is getting a lot of attention for its positive effects on economic growth, environmental impacts, and personal finances. Now that a solar array installation is more affordable than ever, farms in Maryland are going solar for a sustainable, and profitable power solution. In fact, agricultural producers and rural businesses who switch to solar receive extra benefits, which is the cherry on top of this green investment.
Why farmers are choosing solar energy to power their farms
As a clean, renewable source of energy, the sun’s rays are the most natural of all resources. But farmers need no convincing when it comes to harnessing the powers of the sun. In a time of global uncertainty, both economic and environmental, investing in a solar array yields big benefits for farmers. Further to being used to power operations on the farm, solar is the initial force behind irrigation systems, greenhouse heating, crop and grain drying processes, lighting, water pumping, and other electrical needs.
Naturally, agricultural fields are rich in sunlight, which is also fundamental to getting the most energy out of a solar array in order to reap these key benefits:
- Save on monthly electricity bills. Farmers typically use a lot of power to operate their farms; to heat, to cool barns that house dairy cows, to produce milk and control temperatures, and to run machinery. Farmers who generate their own energy will see immediate savings on monthly bills.
- Protection against rising energy costs in the future. Fossil fuel costs continue to both rise and harm the environment. Going solar is a reliable, and cost-effective option with a smaller carbon footprint.
- Less expensive to install and easy to maintain. Unlike other farm equipment, a single solar panel system is a long-term investment, and requires little attention. Drive up your savings even more by purchasing a larger volume of panels for a solar array.
Aggregate Net Metering (ANM). Farmers face the challenges of high power consumption, and electric utility, industrial and processing equipment costs. This is where Aggregated Net Metering (ANM) comes in. With the stressors of having multiple buildings and meters, ANM combines electrical loads from a multiple meters, even if the solar energy is being directed to only one of those meters. By installing a turnkey solar energy system that stretches over multiple sites and meters, you can maximize savings and significantly cut daily operating costs.
There’s never been a better time to go solar. SolarGaines can show you why solar power is important to the agricultural industry, and how farmers can add to their incomes. Get a custom analysis for your unique needs.