Solar Energy in Agriculture

Many farmers consider investing in on-farm solar energy systems to stabilize energy input costs.  Farmers interested in installing solar energy systems can learn more about the technology and potential cost savings during an OSU Extension workshop on February 24th at Der Dutchman in Plain City or February 18th at the Crawford County Economic Development Partnership Building in Bucyrus.

Solar energy systems offer many benefits, including the positive environmental impact of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced future energy costs. Energy inputs are important to agriculture, with energy-related expenses representing an average of more than 13% of farm production expenses in 2005-2008. Solar energy stabilizes future energy costs, is associated with low maintenance costs, and is free to the producer after the initial investment in installation is recovered.

In order to help producers understand whether on-farm solar is a good fit for their operations, the workshop will offer information on important factors to consider while predicting return on that initial investment. Other important financial considerations including tax credits, financing options, and funding opportunities, will also be discussed. 

The Plain City workshop is from 9:00am – 3:30pm at Der Dutchman, 445 S Jefferson Ave, Plain City. This workshop is free to attend but does require registration. Breakfast and lunch are included with registration. To register, contact OSU Extension Madison County at: 740-852-0975 or griffith.483@osu.edu.

The Bucyrus workshop is from Noon to 4:00pm at the partnership building, 117 East Mansfield Street Bucyrus Ohio 44820. This version will Cost $5 For Lunch and Handouts but does not have a round table. To register, contact OSU Extension Crawford County at: 419-562-8731 or hartschuh.11@osu.edu.

Crop Observation and Recommendation Network

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