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May 4

Why a PV System is the Right Choice for Your Farm

You may be providing food for many, but just what can we bring to the table for you? The usage of solar energy is becoming more and more popular in society, and people are wondering whether they should buy a PV system for their farm. It’s widely known what this can do for the earth, but are there any consumer benefits? The answer is yes, and here's why.

You may be providing food for many, but just what can we bring to the table for you? The usage of solar energy is becoming more and more popular in society, and people are wondering whether they should buy a PV system for their farm. It’s widely known what this can do for the earth, but are there any consumer benefits? The answer is yes, and here's why.

Reduced Operational Costs

Going solar is an investment, but it doesn't have to be at a steep price. Most solar companies operate off of a large, upfront cost, but this isn't always the case. At Naveco, we introduce you to a leasing option. This allows you to save money by lowering your electrical demand, and avoiding any hidden costs. You can then generate income, which you can be invested back into your farm. It's a perfect option for all, as you can use it to pay off your lease, or invest in new farming equipment. 

Going solar is an investment, but it doesn't have to be at a steep price. Most solar companies operate off of a large, upfront cost, but this isn't always the case. At Naveco, we introduce you to a leasing option. This allows you to save money by lowering your electrical demand, and avoiding any hidden costs. You can then generate income, which you can be invested back into your farm. It's a perfect option for all, as you can use it to pay off your lease, or invest in new farming equipment. 

Crops + PV System = Agrivoltaics

Agrivoltaics refers to the implementation of a solar PV system, as well as agriculture, on one's farmland. This means that you don't have to choose between the two in terms of land usage, as they can coexist on the same property.

Agrivoltaics refers to the implementation of a solar PV system, as well as agriculture, on one's farmland. This means that you don't have to choose between the two in terms of land usage, as they can coexist on the same property.

But wouldn't the PV system get in the way? Absolutely not. The panels act as a sort of buffer between extreme temperatures for your plants. During the day, they prevent the plants from receiving too much direct sunlight. At night, on the other hand, they act as an insulator to stop the plants from getting too cold. Keeping conditions at a more moderate level may increase plant productivity, and therefore crop yield. So, if you’re deciding whether you should harvest sunlight or veggies, why not do both? While this is still a growing area of research, it could increase the efficiency of your farm in terms of cost, crop production, and energy acquisition.

But wouldn't the PV system get in the way? Absolutely not. The panels act as a sort of buffer between extreme temperatures for your plants. During the day, they prevent the plants from receiving too much direct sunlight. At night, on the other hand, they act as an insulator to stop the plants from getting too cold. Keeping conditions at a more moderate level may increase plant productivity, and therefore crop yield. So, if you’re deciding whether you should harvest sunlight or veggies, why not do both? While this is still a growing area of research, it could increase the efficiency of your farm in terms of cost, crop production, and energy acquisition.

Benefitting the environment...and therefore, your crops

If you don’t know much about solar energy, one thing you probably know is its effect on the environment. Solar, as well as other forms of renewable energy, exist as a means of replacing traditional methods of energy production. Fossil fuels are a major factor contributing to pollution and climate change. Therefore, many people around the world are adopting alternative methods to save our planet. 

If you don’t know much about solar energy, one thing you probably know is its effect on the environment. Solar, as well as other forms of renewable energy, exist as a means of replacing traditional methods of energy production. Fossil fuels are a major factor contributing to pollution and climate change. Therefore, many people around the world are adopting alternative methods to save our planet. 

Among the negative effects pollution has on the earth includes its impact on nature. Different plants have different temperatures that they have adapted to and can thrive in. This means that any change in temperature can really affect whether they can grow. Consequently, we all need to do our part to mitigate climate change, in order to sustain our planet for every species that inhabits it. While there are many benefits to changing up our daily routine by doing things such as turning off lights and using less water, there are even more benefits when businesses take action. Getting a solar PV system as a farm owner is a huge step in the right direction for a sustainable lifestyle, which will benefit you and your crops.

Among the negative effects pollution has on the earth includes its impact on nature. Different plants have different temperatures that they have adapted to and can thrive in. This means that any change in temperature can really affect whether they can grow. Consequently, we all need to do our part to mitigate climate change, in order to sustain our planet for every species that inhabits it. While there are many benefits to changing up our daily routine by doing things such as turning off lights and using less water, there are even more benefits when businesses take action. Getting a solar PV system as a farm owner is a huge step in the right direction for a sustainable lifestyle, which will benefit you and your crops.

Have More Questions?

How much should I be spending per year to consider solar?

If your electrical bill is more than $25,000 you should consider installing solar.

If your electrical bill is more than $25,000 you should consider installing solar.

My land floods in the Spring. Can I still install solar?

The modules can be installed in areas that flood, however the electrical equipment cannot. Insurance will be higher for a PV system in an area that floods versus an area that does not. 

The modules can be installed in areas that flood, however the electrical equipment cannot. Insurance will be higher for a PV system in an area that floods versus an area that does not. 


Can my livestock graze around ground-mounted solar units?

Depending on the animal. Sheep do not climb or harm the modules, and are commonly used for vegetation control while they graze. Cattle and horse grazing can cause risk of damage to the modules due to their large size. They are generally not compatible with PV facilities.

Depending on the animal. Sheep do not climb or harm the modules, and are commonly used for vegetation control while they graze. Cattle & horse grazing can cause risk of damage to the modules due to their large size. They are generally not compatible with PV facilities.

Can solar power my farming equipment?

Solar can offset the power required for your equipment, whether that means irrigation and milking equipment, or general farm essentials

Solar can offset the power required for your equipment, whether that means irrigation and milking equipment, or general farm essentials

Will installing solar contaminate the soil?

Studies show that when using silicon-based PV cells that the "leaching of trace metals from modules is unlikely to present a significant risk due to the sealed nature of the installed cells."

Studies show that when using silicon-based PV cells that the "leaching of trace metals from modules is unlikely to present a significant risk due to the sealed nature of the installed cells."


Can my land be converted back to agricultural land after the life of the solar system?

Yes. After the lifespan of a solar system (20-25 years), land can be reverted back into agricultural use.

Yes. After the lifespan of a solar system (20-25 years) land can be reverted back into agricultural use.

So, harvest the benefits of renewable energy, and go solar with Naveco Power. We will be with you every step of the way and are committed to providing the most benefits possible for our customers.


References:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0364-5

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-47803-3#Sec2

So, harvest the benefits of renewable energy, and go solar with Naveco Power. We will be with you every step of the way and are committed to providing the most benefits possible for our customers.


References:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0364-5

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-47803-3#Sec2

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