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If you have already decided to hop on the agricultural solar power bandwagon, then you must know everything about ground mounted solar panels and how can it help you and your farm.
Mounting Systems for Farmers
Mounting systems are a crucial element of solar arrays which help secure solar panels to the ground. The reasonably huge open space in your farm for installing a larger solar setup can help you benefit from the clean energy and also enjoy significant long-term savings.
How Do They Work?
Agricultural solar panels anchor to the ground and hold a large number of stacked panels. Usually, they hold two, but sometimes they are three or four panels high.
Typically, two rails support each panel, whether oriented in portrait or landscape. The anchoring to the ground is the tough part of these installations, as there are different types of foundations.
If there is no debris in the soil, steel beams are driven into the ground and the racking system is attached to the beams. If ground conditions are not suitable for smoothly driven beams, helical piles or ground screws may be used. These take more time to install, as they have to power through boulders and other large debris.
Benefits of Agricultural Solar Panels
If you are opting for agricultural solar panels, you can always read through the benefits it will offer you.
Agricultural solar installation is very easy and no infrastructural changes are required to install them.
More and more farmers are realizing that crops which grow under lower drought stress require less water, and they are able to photosynthesize longer and grow more efficiently.
Agricultural solar panels allows crops to grow in nearly full shade. It cuts back about 75% of the direct sunlight hitting the plants and allows the diffuse light under the panels to help the plants to grow well.
Solar panels make the most of the available space and sunlight. They are very easy to maintain and are designed to withstand even the worst weather conditions.
So, if you want to make the most of the sun and the extra outdoor space you have, invest in agricultural solar.
One thing that many of us would have heard from homeowners, long ago, "solar panels in my home sound nice, but are a little expensive". This may have been the case when the technology was new, but today, there are multiple options that make solar affordable, feasible and accessible to everyone.
Residential solar allows homeowners to access clean solar energy from as low as $0, with no maintenance worries and absolutely no debt. You pay for the energy at a low monthly rate and ultimately the solar is delivered as a service. Solar panels are installed on the ground or on the roof, maintained and daily monitored. Residential solar has made its journey from just "nice to have" to "need to have".
Residential Solar Battery
Home battery storage is another key part of the story. Technology has advanced and it has become more affordable for communities and people to have their own solar battery backup to protect families during power outages.
According to a report, around 2 million Latinos live within a half mile of existing energy infrastructure, due to which these communities face elevated health risks. A Latino or an African American child is twice as likely to die from asthma attack as a white American child.
The devastating hurricane Irma hit Florida in 2017. During this calamity, solar-paired battery systems powered 115 schools, which were sheltering thousands of residents. At the same time, more than 6.7 million utility customers were stuck in the dark.
With residential solar, houses can produce their own energy, and create a clean, localized energy system.
The economic impact of using solar helps the local economy to get a lift through job creation and permitting fees. Around 25% of home solar project costs stay in the local economy and around 6% of large commercial project costs are spent similarly. Solar provides high-paying jobs for veterans, who make up 9% of solar workers, and for those without a college degree.
Residential solar has never been so affordable than it is right now. So, if you haven't started thinking about investing in residential solar panels, this is right time to move one step ahead in the direction of green revolution.
With solar costs coming down incredibly, more and more states in US are trying to adopt commercial solar. States that would fail to encourage the solar trend now, when the costs are low, will risk missing out on important economic development opportunities.
South Dakota is facing a similar situation right now.
The state's renewable energy industry is experiencing a tough time. The state has not made lot of headlines in the renewable energy department and in 2017, Solar Energy Industries Association even ranked it dead. The percentage of electricity generated by solar in South Dakota couldn't even register on the needle and the five-year prospects for growth were zero. Not much of South Dakota is a prime area for solar development, however, the entire south-western corner of the state possesses decent solar resources.
The solar lease options may not be very attractive in the state, but Audubon Society seems a little ray of hope for the solar industry in South Dakota. The Governor, Kristi Noem has lately signed a legislation to ramp up the state's solar and wind industries. The new agreement would be issued by the Office of School and Public Lands, and would cover easements.
Washington will also see a ray of hope.
An energy legislation would be passed this year in Washington, which would not be the sweeping measure to tackle climate change, but it will surely do more good than harm for the climate and the country.
California will set an example for other states.
California's first-in-the-nation requirement that all new homes should have solar panels is undeniably a giant leap towards its goal of a fossil-free future. The state will set an example for other states in the US.
With 80,000 houses built in California every year, the mandate that will come to effect in 2020 will more than double the amount of solar energy produced in the state by 2025. California hopes to have 100% of its electricity come from carbon emission-free sources by 2045.
Within the past few years, a few cities in California have implemented requirements that all new homes have solar panels, like the town of South Miami in Florida. But, this is the first time that the law will be rolled-out on a large scale.
Wind and solar have come a long way. Today, these sources produce about 9% percent of the electricity in US, their costs have declined dramatically and using these renewable sources is definitely a major step towards a green planet.