Agriculture is a complex and energy-intensive industry. We may or may not think of farms as we saw them depicted in the cartoons and coloring books of our childhood: a smiling cow and a few chickens standing beside a small garden in the shadow of a bright red barn. However, farming is business. Just like any other industry, in order to remain competitive, not to mention solvent, farmers are continuously looking for new ideas to cut costs and generate capital.
Combatting Rising Energy Costs
As energy costs continue to rise, farmers must discover new ways to cut back on energy costs in order to remain successful in today’s economy. A good portion of this can be accomplished by assessing the current energy use and determining what the large energy consumers are. On an operation such as a farm, initiating energy conservation measures such as adjusting a thermostat or replacing older ‘energy-hog’ equipment with newer energy-efficient models can save a considerable amount.
What Solar Power Can Offer
Above and beyond the benefits reaped from energy conservation measures alone, the utilization of renewable energy sources such as solar can not only reduce operating costs, but actually generate capital. A well-designed solar panel system has the potential to offset energy costs entirely, will likely pay for itself within 10 years, and can generate capital in the form of years of significant savings over the lifetime of their system. Not only that, but the environmental impact of eliminating that much fossil-fuel generated energy is significant.
A Success Story
Everyone likes a success story! PG Farms in Salisbury, Maryland is a farm that has implemented solar into their operations. You can read about how their system has eliminated their electric bills entirely and how much money they are projected to save over the next 25 years here.