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What Does a Solar Ready Mandate Mean for Builders?

As a builder, you’ve been following the latest home trends. A major one is solar-powered builds. Solar technology is continually improving, and the costs of installations are plunging. Not surprisingly, many states and cities are turning to this solar power to solve today’s dual crises of energy and climate change.  Energy prices are climbing, and … Continued

What Is Agrivoltaics and Why Is It Important?

With a global population of nearly 8 billion and counting . . . And a rapidly changing climate, energy, food, and water security issues are facing all of us. As a farmer or rancher, you know firsthand how vulnerable the planet is in all three areas.  You confront the uncertainties of changing weather patterns that … Continued

5 Benefits of Using Solar Power for Business

If you’ve been overspending on power for your business, you’re probably eager to find a better way.  Many company owners don’t realize how far solar power for business has come in the past decade.  Whether or not you spend your time thinking about the environmental impact of your enterprise, commercial solar has already become a … Continued

8 Facts About Renewable Energy Mandates by State

If you’re a builder, it’s hard to avoid the changing trends in renewable energy in the US.  Not only is customer demand up, but policy initiatives are also on the rise at local, state, and national levels.  This includes cutting carbon emissions.  And the construction industry plays a significant role. Why? Because commercial and residential … Continued

A Farmer’s Guide for Converting Land Back After a Solar Lease

If you’re a farmer currently working with a solar developer, you may be wondering what will happen to your land when your lease expires. Can you decommission a solar system? What happens to your ground if you choose to cancel your lease or don’t want to renew it? It doesn’t have to be a permanent … Continued

Off-Grid vs. On-Grid Solar System: What’s Best for Your Farm or Ranch?

When creating your solar power system, one of the first big considerations is off-grid vs. on-grid solar. This determines whether you plan to remain tied to the grid or want to fully break free of utilities. So which option is right for your farm or ranch? How to Choose Between Off-Grid vs. On-Grid Solar We … Continued

5 Best Pollinator Plants to Grow Under Solar Panels

Solar power, in particular solar farm are taking the world by storm. By 2030, an estimated 2 million acres of land will be devoted to generating solar energy. And many of those could provide a critical service in increasing pollinator habitat. Why is that? Well, research has found that pollinator plants do very well under … Continued

How Solar Can Power Electric Fences

Over the past decade, people have found remarkably inventive ways to leverage solar to power their homes and businesses.  Perhaps one of unique use is solar power electric fences.  Ranchers and homeowners often use electric fences to keep animals safely contained.  However, keeping these fences charged can pose two main challenges: distance from power connections … Continued

How Solar Powers Fish Farms

Natural fish stocks across the globe are declining at alarming levels. To avoid depleting these stocks, fish farmers have taken to carefully controlled farming in both artificial and natural bodies of water. Although fish farms mark a significant achievement in the struggle against world hunger, harvesting fish can be energy-intensive. This is where solar power … Continued

Leasing Land for Solar Farm? What You Need to Know About Income from the Government and Solar Company

In the US, both the Federal Government and states are looking for ways to transition to renewable energy and conserve farm and ranch land. They’ve implemented programs and incentives to achieve these goals. These programs generally don’t overlap, though agricultural land is ideal for hosting alternative energy projects. However, in some instances, you may earn … Continued