Solar energy is a resource that we can use in many ways. It is free and it doesn’t cause any harm to the environment. Today, it is becoming widely used on farms to help reduce overhead operating expenses. It can be used for light, for hot water, and for heat. There are many ways that it can be used to help a large or small farm operate more efficiently. The most common uses for solar energy on farms include:

  • Drying crops
  • Heating buildings
  • Offering power for a water pump

Just about Any Location

While it is true that some locations are warmer and get more sunlight than other areas, the use of solar energy is very practical in just about any location where a farm has been established. In some locations, there is enough solar energy that they don’t have to rely on a grid from the local electric company at all. In other areas, the farmers are using solar power as much as possible but they are still connected to the grid. Should they use more than they created, they will be charged on the grid for that amount only.

Solar Panels

The most effective way for any farm to take part in solar energy use is the installation of solar panels. They can be placed on the roof tops of buildings and a home. This allows the use of natural sunlight to supply the electricity for the farm. The energy from these solar panels can also be used to create heat for the home as well as for buildings where livestock may be kept.

Drying Crops

One of the expenses that farmers have to incur is the process of drying the crops. With a solar barn in place, the hay can dry without any additional expense. They can also be used to dry a variety of crops so that they aren’t left outdoors where they can be damaged by pests, birds, and even weather.

Reducing Pollution

When you rely on electricity from fossil fuels, they are a resource that will one day be completely depleted. Once they are gone, there is no replacing them. That is why we have to rely on alternative fuel sources including solar power. At the same time, the use of solar power will reduce overall pollution. This means the air we breathe and the crops that are grown on a farm are less likely to have free radicals which are toxins in them.

Getting Started

The time involved with setting up solar power as well as the cost is what keeps many farmers from taking part in it. Yet the time factor isn’t what it might initially seem. You can buy do it yourself kits that have step by step instructions. You can also consider hiring a contractor to do the work for you. Find out about any grants, loans, or incentives that you may qualify for as well that can help you to make the cost of implementing solar power a reality.

Below is the video about using solar energy to generate the electricity for the poultry houses.


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