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3 Ways that Solar and Agriculture Unite

Thursday, September 01, 2022
A common misconception surrounding the renewable energy sector is that solar kills agriculture. This statement is a large platform for pushback against the green energy movement- but it isn't entirely true. There are several ways that different forms of solar power can work together with agriculture to produce both food and energy for Americans. Take this for instance: say you own a large farming operation and you're looking for ways to offset your energy consumption costs but you aren't sure how to start incorporating solar into your farm. Here's a few ways:

Utility Scale PV Solar Plants are appearing throughout the nation as the push for renewable energy takes its initial actionable steps towards a greener future. Solar farms are producing energy via the use of Photovoltaic energy systems, which capture the suns energy through solar irradiance. Energy production is the crucial factor that decides how profitable a farm is, and by maximizing this production, solar companies greatly increase the profitability of their investment.

Despite concerns over supply chain interruptions and tariff investigations, the U.S. solar industry saw record solar and energy storage demand in 2021. STG Solar can attest to this, having one of its busiest years yet. Solar Power World has recognized the company's installation success with a North Carolina ranking of no. 7 and a national ranking of no. 44 on the 2022 Top Solar Contractors list.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association is predicting 14 to 21 named storms this hurricane season. That means your solar farm could face damage risks 14 to 21 times over a five-month period. Over 15% of solar farm maintenance records mention hurricane damage. Between low energy production from cloud cover and direct damage to panels, racking, and substations, the real threat of hurricane season shouldn't be ignored.