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Understanding the Relationship between Solar Panels and Soil Health

Scientists have discovered that the best places to build large solar arrays have the same properties as areas traditionally used as cropland.  Solar panels can provide clean and affordable energy for your farm while also making it easier to manage remote properties where traditional electric lines are impossible. Adding solar production can diversify income streams … Continued

Solar Panels and Regenerative Farming: A Powerful Pairing for Sustainability

Solar power has proliferated to the point that you can point out arrays and panels on a roof or in a solar farm.  Regenerative agriculture is not as visible. But this approach to cultivation also involves methods that are becoming more common on small and large farms alike. Many initiatives pair solar panels with regenerative … Continued

5 Things to Consider About Solar for Agriculture

Across America, more farmers and ranchers have begun to embrace solar power. They find that using solar for agricultural applications can save time and money. How? The more efficient their operations, the lower the costs and the higher their profits are. So, what do farmers need to know before using solar for agriculture? Let’s have … Continued

4 Agrivoltaic Solutions to the Challenges You Might Face as a Farmer

Farmers and ranchers across America are diversifying their land use to generate extra income.  One source of revenue has taken off . . . Solar! Adding solar arrays to your farmland creates a mixed-use arrangement called agrivoltaics.  They provide an excellent way to supplement your energy needs and earn passive income while continuing your farming … Continued

5 Ways to Create an Off-Grid Farm

Self-sufficiency is probably pretty important to you if you’re interested in farming.  You may have thought about living off the grid.  The idea of resource independence is appealing: No more water or power bills. Think of the money you’d save! If you could create an off-grid farm, you could be as close to self-sustaining as … 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

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