The use of solar energy on farms is one of the hot topics in the modern agriculture world of today. Experiments are being conducted and models are being tested across the globe to enhance efficiency by effective use of solar power.
The concept of utilizing solar energy to generate electricity, has been around for many years. However, the idea of solar farms is relatively new and farmers across the world are inquisitive regarding this new farming trend. Scientists and engineers working in solar energy have answered a lot of queries for farmers, and they continue to explore more options that can optimize solar energy solutions.
In this article, we will give you knowledgeable insights regarding solar energy on farms along with some of its numerous benefits. It will help you incorporate solar panels into your agricultural lands.
What is solar farming?
One-meter square produces an average of 164 watts of energy in a day. Which means if you install solar panels on a land as small as 5 marla, you can produce 20.5 kilowatts of energy in a day.
Use this energy consumption calculator to find out your energy usage. If you have a bigger land, you can easily calculate your costs and potential of energy production by converting marla into acre. It goes without saying that the bigger you land is, the lower would be your solar farm cost per acre.
How to install solar panels on farmland?
There are two ways that you can use your land for solar energy production. One is to turn your entire land into a solar farm. The second option is to use your land for both; solar energy production and cultivation.
The first option is fairly simple and hassle free. However, the second option is not very simple to execute.
Even though further research is to be done in this area, we have been able to find out a lot about solar farming that includes cultivation.
Can I do cultivation with solar panels?
Cultivation with solar panels is perfectly possible. All you have to do is install the panels elevated from the ground. It makes farming under solar panels easier because the elevation allows the crops beneath to grow. The elevation gives space to harvest, for watering the plants, for animals to graze if you grow grass. The choice of crop, however, is limited.
Which crops to grow under solar panels?
Crops which don’t need too much sunlight to grow, flourish well in this scenario. Some examples of the crops that can be grown in partial sun are:
Beans, Beats, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Coriander, Lettuce Leaves, Mustard Greens, Onions, Peas, Radishes, Spinach, and Turnips.
Most root plants don’t need a lot of sun to encourage growth of fuller roots instead of lush leaves. Also, consider plants that grow close to the ground level to avoid them getting tangled with the solar panels.
Advantages of Solar Farms
The advantages of solar energy in agriculture, clearly outweigh the disadvantages. Experts in India have found out that installing solar panels increases the overall efficiency of the farm. You can easily earn more and produce more in the same land capacity with the addition of solar panels only. With solar energy on farms, you can also raise your income, with very little effort.
Naturally, Pakistan being the country with near to optimal conditions for solar farming provides an opportunity to the whole nation, to not only earn more, but also to resolve the issue of power shortage on a national level. Use of solar energy in agriculture in Pakistan can help the masses on an individual and national level. We, as a nation have the temperature, and climate conditions that are best suited to produce maximum energy. We have the capacity to meet our power demand as well as export power to other nations.
The use of solar power plants in agricultural land is a relatively newer concept in Pakistan, whereas our neighbor, India is excelling in the area at a tremendous rate. We believe that with the right expertise, skills, and tools; we can excel too.
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We deliver the best solar panels on agricultural land for optimal energy production. We would design the plan that would suit your land, budget, energy consumption and production goals. With our products and services, you can start-up a very easy, carefree source of income and energy. Visit our website or give us a call at: 0332-76-SOLAR and leave your solar energy plan to us. Your new solar farm is just a call away!