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What Farmers Need to Know about Solar Panels on Agricultural Land

The number of farms paired up with solar panels is taking off. Between 2012 and 2017, there was a 150% increase in farms using lands to help produce solar energy. The surge of solar panels on agricultural land is driven by declining crop prices, making it challenging to earn a living on farm revenues alone. … Continued

Are Solar Farms Profitable? Learn How to Make a Second Stream of Income on Your Farm

With plummeting crop prices nowadays, farmers are looking at a new cash crop: solar energy. Farming practices used in previous decades are becoming harder to sustain and ensure profitability. This raises a new question for those of you whose land is the backbone of your livelihood: Are solar farms profitable? This is a weighty question … Continued

What You Need to Know When Creating Your Tiny House Plans

If you’re like more and more people in the United States, you’re interested in downsizing your life. Why? Because you want to focus on the important things, like: Saving money Having more time Lightening your environmental footprint So what does downsizing your entire life look like (no small feat!)? Perhaps shedding unnecessary possessions and a … Continued

5 Must-Have Van Life Accessories

Living the nomad life is easier when you have the right van life accessories! Whether you’re a weekend warrior or full-time road guru, there are plenty of gadgets and equipment that simplify life on the road and make you a much happier camper. The amount of available gear is impressive since van living exploded in … Continued

Living Free and Breezy: Van Life

It takes an adventurous spirit and a willingness to walk away from societal norms . . . But van life offers a free and breezy lifestyle for those who take the leap! More and more people don’t want to be confined to one zip code, working a traditional 9-to-5 job, and living in a sticks-and-bricks … Continued

How Can Farmers and Ranchers Generate Solar Farm Income?

As a farmer or rancher, you’re in a very complex business.  It’s also physically demanding and rewarding work. And you provide crucial resources to power and feed our world. But your survival and success depend on increasingly unpredictable weather and an often volatile market.  Stability is hard to come by. And this makes it difficult … Continued

Solar Panels and Water: Can You Install Solar Panels If Your Land Floods?

Renewable energies have become incredibly popular . . . But not just solar energy for people’s homes. American farms and ranches have also benefited from renewables. In fact, from 2012 – 2017, the number of renewable energy systems on farms doubled. Farmers and ranchers are converting to solar and wind energies, realizing their advantages for … Continued

Can Solar Panels Power an Irrigation System?

Farmers are increasingly looking for ways to conserve energy in their day-to-day operations.  The reasons are two-fold: #1: As the cost of operating a farming rises, cutting costs where possible is critical, especially given the unpredictability and instability inherent in the industry.  #2: Farmers are acutely aware of increasing temperatures. After all, changes in weather … Continued

Can Animals Graze Near Ground-Mounted Solar Panels?

Farmers and ranchers, if you’re looking to increase your energy independence or to develop a second stream of income, you may consider installing ground-mounted solar panels on your property.  Why is that? Because these panels work best when placed in open fields, unobstructed by buildings or trees.  And you may have land that checks this … Continued

Is Solar Battery Storage a Good Investment for Farmers and Ranchers?

Being a farmer or rancher, you know firsthand that your work requires a significant amount of energy to keep operations running.  You’re also closely connected to the land, and your livelihood depends on the environment’s health.  As such, you’re the first to recognize the effects of increasing temperatures, leading many farm and ranch owners to … Continued