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Solar PV for Farms And Agricultural Land

Turn unused space on your farmland into your own solar farm with solar PV panels. At Dynamic Solar, we have solar solutions for both free space on the ground and unused roof space on barns, warehouses, silos and garages. Make electricity among your chief exports with solar PV panels that not only power your farm buildings and large scale equipment but can be sold back into the grid, earning you an income. If you also live on your farm, your solar PV panel system can be rigged up to your main supply, fuelling your home appliances as well as your business.

Turning your dependency away from petrol and diesel fuelled machinery will cut back on your expenses significantly. Saving your money opens your agricultural business toward more opportunities, encouraging a more sustainable way of working off the land. Moving towards electric farm vehicles and equipment not only further reduces the environmental impact but will be free to fuel when charged from solar PV.

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Environmentally friendly
  • Store energy for use later

  • Utilise energy generation

  • Reduce farm carbon footprint

  • Reduce electricity bills

  • Reduce grid dependence

Why Install Solar Panels at your Farm

  • Carbon-free living

    Solar power has zero carbon output, using solar energy to generate electricity. Solar PV is an environmentally friendly, renewable option for powering your buildings and farming equipment.

  • Make every kilowatt count

    Electricity that you don’t use can be sold back to your energy supplier, making back money based on their Solar Export Tariff.

  • Store what you don’t use

    Using solar batteries, energy that isn’t consumed during the day can be stored for use overnight, reducing the need for using back-up generators or using the national power supply.

  • Save your money

    A self-sufficient source of electricity means reduced utility bill costs. Solar PV can provide your electricity, heating, and hot water at your farm.

  • Protection from inflation increases and power outages

    You won’t be caught out by any rising electricity prices or unexpected local power outages, experiencing no impacts on your farming business.

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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost?

On average, installations can cost between £6,000 - £13,000 depending on the size of the system. This would include all supply, installation and access equipment (scaffolding). However, every job is different which is why we arrange for free surveys so we can provide you a bespoke quote free of charge.

Is it worth getting solar panels?

With electric prices only rising, more and more households are making the move to supply their own source of free electricity for security down the line. The initial investment will only pay off in the future, saving thousands of pounds that would have been spent on utility bills and making back money through the SEG (Solar Energy Guarantee).

We strongly recommend that if you wish to fit solar panels, you also consider having battery storage installed so you use stored electricity during the night and during hours where the weather is overcast. Wall-mounted batteries can come as hybrid converters, an essential for your solar power system, saving on space in your home.

Can I run my farm just on solar panels?

Yes. However, this depends on your electricity consumption and how many solar panels can be fitted to your property. As long as your panels can keep up with the demand, and you have a battery storage system in place, your house can be powered mainly through renewable energy.

Do I need planning permission for solar panels?

While installing solar panels is considered as ‘permitted development’ by most local authorities, there are some conditions that may mean you need to contact the council for confirmation.

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When we carry out a survey of your farm and provide a quote, we will advise if you need planning permission as we are familiar with the local requirements.

Does the Feed-in scheme still exist for solar power?

The Small Exports Guarantee (SEG) scheme has replaced the Feed-in scheme, which the UK Government closed in 2018. The SEG allows households to gain a licence that gives them the freedom to export renewable energy back to the national grid, receiving payment from their choice of electric supplier. Each energy supplier offers a tariff rate for exported solar energy and we recommend that you shop around to see which tariff is best for your circumstances as your existing supplier may have a low tariff.

We can help point you in the right direction towards a supplier that will provide the most lucrative options if selling power back to the grid is an opportunity you can make the most out of.

How do solar panels benefit agricultural land and farm buildings?

Solar PV panels produce free electricity, cutting back on the need to depend on the national electricity supply. All appliances connected to the solar system will not be costing you a single penny as long as they’re using your renewable energy source. Solar panels can also provide a decree of cooling for large farm buildings, absorbing the sunlight. While it’s not a consideration at present, solar panels also increase property value.

What types of farm buildings can benefit from solar panel installations?

For roof-mounted panels, we will always check the structural integrity of the roof and supporting structures. Any building, as long as there isn’t too much cover, is suitable for solar panel installations. We can fit solar panels on slanted roofs and flat roofs.

What is the typical payback period for a solar panel installation on agricultural land?

Payback periods vary but are often between 5 to 10 years, depending on factors like energy consumption, local sunlight conditions, and the cost of the installation.

Do I need to make modifications to my farm's electrical system to accommodate solar panels?

At Dynamic Solar, our team of experience electricians will handle all adjustments to your electrical system. We will need to install inverters and wire your system into your existing system. When we visit your farm, we will factor in complications and provide our recommended project plan so that we can ensure you get the most out of your solar system.

How long does the solar panel installation process take?

This will depend on the size of the project and the complexity. Generally, installations can take up to a couple of weeks. We will give you an accurate break-down of timescales when we put together your bespoke project plan.

What maintenance do solar panels on agricultural land require?

A major benefit of solar panels is how they require very little maintenance. All you need to do is ensure that their surfaces are kept clean. You can arrange for a professional cleaning to visit your site twice a year to clean the panels or you can arrange it yourself. Cleaning panels is no different to windows though we do recommend that any cleaning is done when their is cloud cover as premature drying while cleaning can leave watermarks.

What steps should I take to get started with a solar panel installation for my farm?

To get started, simply contact us for an estimate. As your needs will be much more complex than with a residential solar panel installation, we may ask to visit your farm before we can give you an accurate quotation. A site visit will also allow us to give you time-scales and plot out the best locations for your solar panels.

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