It’s no secret that commercial solar panels can do a lot of good for the environment. But they can also do a lot of good for your agricultural business, too. Farm solar power systems have been increasingly transforming the agricultural industry and alleviating farmers’ struggles.
While making the switch to solar energy for farms can be intimidating at first, the benefits of commercial solar installation are great. Here are just a few benefits farmers can expect when they install agricultural solar systems on their land.
- Solar power is better for areas affected by drought. Drought, especially in southern Arkansas, is an ongoing problem for farmers. Fortunately, solar energy is a viable solution for areas that have been affected by drought. Studies have shown that solar energy enhances drought resilience and aids in groundwater sustainability because it reduces the reliance on hydropower.
- Solar power improves soil quality. Certain power installations can disrupt the ground and negatively disturb plants and local wildlife. What’s more, because these power installations need to be regularly maintained, it can make it difficult for the surrounding soil to regain its health and quality. That isn’t the case with solar panels. Solar panels are eco-friendly and don’t disrupt the soil, making it easier for plants to go. They’re also easily maintained, so you don’t have to worry about routinely disrupting the area.
- Solar power is less expensive. Many farms, especially larger farms, use fossil fuels for power. However, fossil fuels are both expensive and non-renewable. Solar power gives farmers the ability to generate their own power that’s renewable and cheaper for their business. Solar power could cut back a farm’s electric bill significantly. This can be especially beneficial during the winter months when days are shorter and farms need to rely on more electricity. What’s more, you can better predict your energy expenses because you don’t have to worry about paying the additional costs that electric companies charge during certain times of the year.
If you’re interested in installing farm solar power systems for your business, you’re not alone. U.S. solar power installations have grown 35-gold since 2018. According to Energy.gov, solar power is the U.S. is currently generating up to 62.5 gigawatts of power today. To learn more about farm solar power systems for renewable energy on your farm, contact Stone Creek Solar today.