Solar for my Farm

We have found farmers to be long-term thinkers and planners (moreso than many other kinds of business people) so, in general, people in agriculture are more attuned to the long-term financial benefits of solar. With lots of barn roof space and open ground space, many farmers have a very good solar potential. We have built many successful agricultural solar systems, at a cost that beats our competitors. Increasingly, the most successful farmers and agricultural thought leaders are going solar!

What solar power can do for your farm:

  • Insulate your operation against rising energy costs
  • Work side by side with utility power to lower and stabilize energy costs
  • Pay for itself and then some (20+ years of free electricity)
  • Generate profits from your home, barn, and outbuilding rooftops
  • Increase the value of your farm property
  • Turn this year’s farm revenue into a long-term asset with strong tax benefits
  • Gain energy independence with power that pays you…

What can we do to help you capture these benefits?

  • We’ll help you determine whether solar can lower your long-term energy costs.
  • If so, we’ll design/install the best clean solar energy system for your operation.

What about the costs of solar for my farm?

Here is a “base case” example of current solar costs. This is only an example. Every system we build is customized to the site and energy needs of each customer, so here is one example you can use to get a general sense of solar costs and payback.

  • 20.16 kilowatt solar electric system on a barn roof, total installed cost, with 250-foot trenching:
  • $57,750—after tax credit $40,425—with accelerated depreciation $23,244
    • Add 20kW generator backup $9,000
    • Add 820kWh battery backup $15,600
    • for 30 years of secure power & protection against rising energy rates!
  • Annual utility savings $2,600—30 year lifetime utility savings $129,000
  • Lifetime operations & maintenance cost $15,400
  • Lifetime cost of fuel $0—it comes up every morning!

A 20.16kW solar electric system produces about 23,600 kWh of clean electricity in the first year year. Because it is grid-connected, solar does not change the way you use electricity—you can power everything you do now:

  • Milking pumps
  • Grain dryers
  • Grinders
  • Barn fans
  • Barn lighting

Anything you now run on grid power runs exactly the same on solar power. The only difference is—you’ll see long-term savings in your electricity costs!

With over 400 successful installations and many repeat customers, we are licensed, insured, and bonded—with designers and installers who are NABCEP-certified to the highest standard in our industry. So call us today at 877-OWN-SOLAR (877-696-7652) extension 59.


7 replies
  1. Larry Tincher
    Larry Tincher says:

    Im interested in covering my barn roofs with solar panels. There is a lot of space and its electricity production likely will far exceed my electricity use. Are the utilities required to buy the extra by law? Can I form a business out of it for to utilize the tax advantages? I live on a farm but do not farm. My electicity bill is $400/mo., I use propane to heat. Does it make sense to install more than I will need from an investment stand point?

  2. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    To give you more details on your question about your barn roof, please fill out our contact page or call our office and we would be happy to give you more information and give you a quote.

  3. Karen clark
    Karen clark says:

    I have a small barn – 60X48 – however it is going to cost a fortune to run electricity there. I have a solar powered gate that charges a battery that operates the gate. Is there something available to do that on the barn? Thanks.

  4. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Hi Karen –
    We can certainly look at powering your barn. The first and most important question is what exactly will you be powering in the barn? Please contact us directly so that we can have a Sales Consultant work with you. Call 1-877-OWN SOLAR or fill out the contact/inquiry form on our website, and we can start that process. Thanks!

  5. Chris
    Chris says:

    I have a 20X50 barn that is over 100yds from the house. It has a 15X15 office/tack room. I would like to use solar power for a general office set up along with some LED lighting in the main section of the barn and a well pump for watering some horses. The office will have a microwave, laptop, coffee pot, lighting, and probably a radio.

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