At Tri-State Electrical Contractors, our team knows from experience what it takes to make agriculture solar projects successful. We have worked with processors, growers, cold storage facilities, vineyards, nurseries, packing operations, and a broad array of other agriculture companies. Tri-State Electrical Contractors make solar panels for farms easy and are known for our ability to systemize the way energy is generated for the agriculture sector throughout Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas.
Raw solar energy is an important element of the photosynthetic process of cultivating plants; however, it also can be harnessed with solar panels and converted into a valuable asset for agricultural companies. This can lead to financial savings, increase energy independence, and decrease pollution output.
Many farmers utilize solar panels on farms to power their irrigation systems. They’re fairly easy to set up, and they’ll help ensure a dependable irrigation system all throughout the year that’s energy-grid-independent.
Designing barns and buildings to leverage organic daylight rather than using electric lights may create substantial savings for farms. It is common all throughout the dairy sector to leverage “long day” lighting using windows and skylights that increase production, as well as save money on utility bills.
Solar water heaters are excellent cost-reducers for low- to medium-temperature hot water utilized in pen cleaning. Dairy operations may utilize solar heated water for pasteurization and to clean equipment. As compared with commercial farms with propane or electric water heaters, solar heaters may save thousands of dollars a year.
In addition, the sun may be leveraged to heat livestock buildings and homes. Within confined operations (like poultry or livestock), a steady supply of fresh, circulated air is critical to maintaining product quality and animal health. But this results in greater heating bills as the heat escapes more conveniently because of circulation. “Active” solar systems that use fans and heat boxes, may warm the air while also preventing wasted energy. “Passive” designs, in which the building is made to take advantage of the sun’s direction, as well as rotation relative to your location, are also cost-effective solutions for farmers who plan new construction. Building design may be optimized for improving solar energy use in agriculture.
Additional solar energy uses common to agriculture include solar dryers for drying grain and crops, as well as commercial greenhouses.
Remote Electric Supply
Tri-State Electrical Contractors can help your business produce electricity through sunlight. PV (Photovoltaic) panels have increasingly become a less expensive solution rather than installing brand-new electric lines to give power to remote areas. Without the requirement of fuel, they’re more cost-effective and convenient to maintain and operate than gasoline or diesel generators. In some areas, the distance from a power source at which photovoltaic becomes a more affordable option than new electric lines and transformers is shockingly short—oftentimes as little as 50’.
Solar PV (photovoltaic) systems for agriculture are very reliable and commonly utilized as low maintenance solutions for standard equipment such as lights, electric fences, and water pumps. Solar power in agriculture, traditionally, was most affordable for pond aeration, remote livestock water supply, as well as small irrigation systems. But as module prices have steadily decreased over the last decade, once costly solar panels are now accessible and affordable for all kinds of farming operations, including crop irrigation systems.