Who puts solar panels on a barn? Well, if you are like me and care about saving money, then you do. In fact, lots of unconventional structures like barns, farmhouses, and fire stations are all going green with solar panels.
There are many reasons that farmers and other barn owners are deciding that solar panels are right for them. For the most part, equestrian farm owners are long-term thinkers and planners. They have to be in order to ensure they acquire the right horse breeds, trainers and clientele to keep the business going. Although it may seem like contradiction, installing solar panels on a barn makes a lot of sense. Barns have ample roof space and open ground space too, so installers can choose a traditional roof placement or less common, but still effective ground-mount system. These are just some of the reasons more and more equestrian farm owners are going solar.
Here’s a short list of what solar energy can do for a farm:
- Protect operations from rising energy costs
- Lower and stabilize energy costs by working with utility company
- Generate additional revenue from a barn, unused ground space, etc.
- Increase the property value of your farm
- Make you eligible for tax benefits and incentives from installing solar panels
- Reduce carbon footprint and conserve energy in other forms
You might think that solar companies are really grasping at straws by installing on barns. While there are not many farms in bigger cities like Washington D.C. or Seattle, there is an entire Midwestern and Southern market that could use solar as a long-term strategy for their business. Solar panels in Austin. Solar panels in Omaha. I could go on and on listing the places where solar panels would benefit farm owners. Overall, with technology changing, farm owners who take advantage of will undoubtedly reap the benefits of solar energy for years to come.