Agriculture Solar & Wind Energy

...we are frequently reminded that wind & solar energy in agriculture are compatible land uses. Farmers who use sections of their crop land for wind & solar development can continue working the soil right up under the installations and earn extra revenue for farming expenses. A win-win business opportunity with Agriculture Solar™. wind & solar energy in agricultureFor centuries wind power was used on farms to grind grain into flour and pump water from wells. However, in recent years support for renewable energy has increased. Some farmers in windy and areas with sun now have the opportunity to raise crops or livestock while simultaneously using their lands to host wind turbines and Agriculture Solar™ sun tracking units. Harvesting their wind and sun resources can help farmers thrive when margins for just crops are tight, while farmers can grow crops and pasture right up to the base of the Agriculture Solar™ wind turbines and solar tracking sections.

Wind and solar power are both excellent alternative forms of energy that are efficient and can save you a lot of money. These two types of energy have been used successfully for decades on farms, performing very well separately. Recently, there have been great strides in both technologies. It is now possible for an agribusiness to be solely powered by wind and solar electricity, saving the owner money on electricity. Combining both wind and solar power into one Agriculture Solar™ system can save even more money.

So how can your operation optimize your savings and even make money on your decision to provide your own power? The answer is to combine both solar and wind energy. These complement each other by performing when the other does not. Wind turbines can operate during the day or night, as long as there is a breeze. When there isn't a breeze, there could be sun to increase your solar power reserves. You can see why, while solar and wind energy are very efficient alternative sources of power on their own, when they are combined into one Agriculture Solar™ system, they save even more money and power. They are both clean, renewable, and easily distributed.

agricultural solar and wind powerAre you a farmer interested in wind & solar energy power in agriculture? There are several different models for developing wind and solar energy on farms. Farmers can invest in a small wind turbine and Agriculture Solar™ panel tracking units for their own electricity needs, join with neighboring landowners for a cooperative wind and solar farm, or use land for a larger-scale wind & solar energy development with Agriculture Solar™.

Both wind and solar have been used in agricultural applications for years. The old fashioned windmill was the most common usage on farms and ranches for many decades starting at the beginning of the 20th century. Solar crop drying was common in the 1950's. Unfortunately most of those applications have fallen by the wayside over the last three decades as cheap electricity was introduced in rural areas. We are coming full circle now as the price of electricity and gas have increased dramatically.

Agriculture Solar™ Technology
Solar technology has only been popular over the last 30 years and has become fairly common the last 10 years. Even in the cloudy areas, agriculture farmers are using PV power as it is cheaper to put these in and get electricity. The nice thing about Agriculture Solar PV is they have no moving parts, produce no pollution, and are becoming less expensive every day due to volume production. They are even becoming common in the northern countries and use large battery banks to store the electricity for when there is insufficient sunlight.

Wind Power Agriculture Solar™ Turbine Machines
Our experience with small to large scale wind energy turbines over the years has shown us that the wind power generator technology is available and cost-effective. Costs for wind turbines vary somewhat as costs are closely associated with siting and installation prices. Most wind-powered systems being constructed these days are for large-scale systems that use wind turbines that can withstand high wind speeds and produce large amounts of electricity. Wind generators can meet the needs of an entire farm or can be targeted to specific applications. They may also be less expensive than extending power lines and are more convenient and more cost effective than diesel generators.

solar and wind power for machinesA third opportunity for a farmer or group of farmers is to become a wind & solar developer who produces power to sell to others. Electric companies increasingly buy their power from independent power producers rather than generating it themselves. Pooling resources with other farmers can be an attractive option for reducing risk and lowering costs. Cooperative ownership of one or more wind turbines and solar system is common in Europe and is starting to take hold in the United States. Farmers may also be able to team up with a rural electric co-op to finance a project and sell the wind & solar power to its customers. Some rural electric co-ops are far more active than others. Work with Agriculture Solar to encourage your co-op to be active in wind and solar energy development.

solar wind turbines energy generatorsWith smaller wind turbines machinery, most farm operations can use all of the power. But the cost per unit of electricity generated from smaller wind energy turbines is higher than that from larger wind power turbines, so the payback period is longer. Since a well-maintained wind turbine generator can last 30 years, it can be a profitable investment. Like any other long-term investment, a thorough Agriculture Solar™ engineering and financial analysis is important while making the investment. Now that you have figured out the best form of clean energy for you, here is the Agriculture Solar™ wind & solar system to match:

wind&solar machine turbine
2,000 - 5,000 kWh/year
Approximate cost:
$15,000 - 25,000 USD (fully installed)
Blade diameter:
12.1 feet (3.7 meters)

wind solar machinery farm generator
5,000 - 12,000 kWh/year
Approximate cost:
$40,000 - 60,000 USD (fully installed)

Blade diameter:
18 feet (5.5 meters)

wind solar energy in agriculture
10,000 - 20,000 kWh/year
Approximate cost:
$45,000 - 80,000 USD (fully installed)
Blade diameter:
20.9 feet (6.4 meters)

wind&solar machine turbine
25,000 - 50,000 kWh/year
Approximate cost:
$90,000 - 150,000 USD (fully installed)
Blade diameter:
42.6 feet (13 meters)

agricultural wind & solar
100,000 - 250,000 kWh/yr
Approximate cost:
$300,000 - 425,000 USD (fully installed)
Blade diameter:
63 feet (19.2 meters)

wind and solar energy in agriculture
500,000-1,000,000 kWh/yr
Approximate cost:
$900,000 - 1,200,000 USD (fully installed)
Blade diameter:
105 feet (32 meters)

*Energy production is dependent on the wind resource at the site.

**Installed cost is dependent on tower option, local materials cost, and other factors.

These are our most popular sellers. We also have smaller battery charging units. Let us know if you would like details.

Please call 520-369-AGRI or email if you would like wind & solar pricing or a more detailed analysis of costs for your particular application.CONTACT US

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