In a time when both financial worries and concerns about the future of our planet are at the forefront of our minds, now is a brilliant time to embrace solar farming as an active step forward in becoming involved in the future of fuel and farming- producing your own power by using the Sun’s natural energy. As the world’s fastest growing energy technology, having doubled in production every two years since 2002, there really is no better time than the present to become involved with solar photovoltaics, or PV, to convert energy from sunlight into power for your farm. These systems are simple and effective, converting 92-96 per cent of available energy into power, and even providing you with an index linked 25 year income offering an average of 8-10% return on investment. As well as this, there is the benefit of a reduction in energy bills once you are generating your own power through Solar PV, and the generous Feed-in tariffs are also a great reason to choose a solar PV system to generate electricity for your farm.
An added benefit for those in the farming industry is the fact that as you are in ownership of a large amount of land, you have the option of ground mounted solar panels which do not face the same limitations as a roof mounted system. Ground mounted panels can also be designed so as to maximise solar gain and really make the most of the sun’s energy, thus combating the issue of the inevitable rise in energy bills quickly and simply.
Not only are these systems low maintenance and easy to install, but the overriding worries on all of our minds about rising fuel costs and damage to the environment can be easily erased with a system that not only uses natural, sustainable resources that won’t harm the earth but also gives back in terms of finances too thanks to the Feed in Tariff scheme. This scheme is designed to enable a Return on Investment of 5-10% every year, which on top of cheaper energy bills and the possibility of exporting some of your newly created power to The Grid is incredibly rewarding financially.