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The benefits of Solar PV in agriculture

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With large and often unused open space, farms provide the ideal platform for solar PV installations. Panels can be either placed on the ground (ground mount solar) or upon the roofs of working barn houses (roof top solar) in order to generate energy that helps to run the business.

Utilising unused space isn’t the only advantage that Solar PV presents in agriculture, however. As the need for cleaner and low carbon energy becomes more and more apparent, many businesses are looking at renewable alternatives to help generate an adequate energy supply for their businesses. Solar PV is just one of many, presenting the following benefits:

Vast sunlight

Farms are usually developed on acres and acres of land, much of which is open and exposed to the sun with minimal obstruction from trees or other buildings. This means that the potential to harness maximum sunlight for further energy generation is huge!

Agricultural farmers who grow their own crops will understand the importance of sunlight and the position they are planted, the goes for solar PV panels. To get the most energy out of your array location is vital and a good position can be easily be found when the area is so vast and open.

Back-up supply in power cuts

Thankfully power cuts don’t happen very often, however when they do they could cost businesses thousands, not only in the time they cannot produce electricity, but after as refrigerated stock could become unsellable. By having a solar PV system fitted, with a storage unit for back up supply, farmers can benefit from never having to worry about power cuts.

Many businesses use solar PV to reduce the costs of bills by utilising the power of the sun in daylight hours, rather than a grid supply. By storing the energy that is surplus and saving it – farmers can run their business even in power cuts.

Independence from the grid  

The rural location of farms means that having a large solar array could help them to become completely independent from the central grid, making it easier for farmers to monitor and manage their own mini power plant – without the fear of increasing bills and power cuts.

Incentives

Should farmers wish to switch to solar PV, there are a number of financial incentives to further encourage the uptake. The Feed-inTaroff is just one of these, that has been set up by the Government and offers a quarterly income to farmers based on the size of the installation and the amount of energy generated.

This is just one of many, there’s also Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) that offer free installation in return for these FIT payments; farmers benefit from the low energy bills, while the FIT instalments are paid to the company who arranged installation.

Increased Corporate Responsibility

As demand grows for organic, locally-sourced and free-range produce, thanks to the UK’s obsession with healthy eating, so does the need for low carbon energy and the reduction of green house gases.

By promoting that farms are powered by renewable energy, it is helping instil trust and provides customers with further information as to the background of the produce, which offers authenticity and highlights that corporate social responsibility is high on the agenda.

Waxman Energy has helped to power some of the largest agricultural solar PV installations across the UK and works with some of the country’s leading PV manufacturers and installers to ensure ach project is built to the highest quality with products that will work to their fullest potential.

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