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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

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

What Is a Community Solar Farm and How Is One Developed?

Solar energy is catching on across the US. Not everyone can — or wants to — install solar on their rooftops, but they may still want to reap the benefits of using solar power. Some utility companies set up large-scale solar farms designed to provide electricity to many households. But another model is also starting … Continued

Pros and Cons of Leasing Land to Solar Companies

If you’re a farmer or rancher, you’ve likely been hearing about leasing your land to a solar developer. This is because utility- and community-scale solar installations require a sufficient piece of land to place all the panels and required equipment. A 1-megawatt solar farm needs around 5 acres, but larger-scale facilities need 50 acres or … Continued

Crop Prices and Other Considerations for Installing Solar Panels

If you’re a farmer or rancher, you can benefit from installing solar panels on your property in two different ways: Solar power can offset the energy needs of your operation Your land can be leased to an energy producer fir a second stream of income However, there may be downsides to consider when determining whether … Continued