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Ways to make your Farm efficient through Solar Power

Nov 13th 2015 at 11:08 PM

If you have farm land where you engage in some farming activities, then you have a great opportunity to implement green energy production techniques. Of course green energy systems are important because in the long run they can be quite cost efficient and beneficial to the environment, but at the end of the day, they can make whatever activities that you pursue in your farm, whether commercial cash crop growing or subsistence farming, more efficient. There are several green energy systems that you can use to achieve all your goals and you should probably seek a good balance between different systems for more efficiency, however, implementing a solar powered system in your farm can have a huge impact at a reasonable cost. Below are some of the things that you should think about and consider when planning for a solar system for your farm.

Preferably, your farm land needs to be in an area that receives a good amount of direct sunlight throughout the day. However, technology up to this point has advanced to the extent that you don’t need too much sunlight in order to generate some energy. Additionally, since you probably have a larger surface area than what most people in towns and cities have, you can benefit from the fact that having more panels will be able to generate a lot more power even if the sun is not shining throughout the day. These days, implementing a solar pool heating system is quite common place and this means that the technology can be leveraged in all sorts of situations including in farms. For example, you can heat water that can heat up your home during the colder seasons and keep you animals warm as well or you could use the warm water to create an artificial atmosphere with high humidity for your crops. Having your own solar heated swimming pool shouldn’t be out of the question for the farm as well.

Apart from solar hot water systems, solar can of course be used to produce electricity for the farm. There are all sorts of applications for the use of solar energy in the farm and some that will surely come to benefit many farmers in the near future. It is easy to imagine a situation where all the farm equipment including tractors and other vehicles are powered solely through electricity. All this power can be easily generated through solar array arranged over the roofs of all sorts of farm buildings including cow sheds, chicken sheds and so on. Additionally, since having adequate space for a solar farm in a farm is not that difficult to imagine, a lot of power can be produced to power all the equipment that needs to be powered. Additionally, since storing crops using sunlight is something that has been done since time immemorial making the process more efficient by choosing good grounds for solar crop drying can be very helpful as well.

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