Solar Power Farm Use and Agribusinesses
Farmers know the power of the sun.
It’s what grows grains, ripens fruit, and looks over livestock. A bright sunny day means storms are at bay. It’s this same power farms are now leveraging into solar electricity.
Every size and type of farm is switching to solar power, from crops to livestock, community to industrial-sized.
In fact, StraightUp Solar recently completed the largest agricultural solar installation in Illinois. Today Home Nursery, a major Midwest horticultural grower, boasts a solar system of nearly 2,000 panels, enough to generate 740,000 kWh per year or 100% of their total usage.
Your outbuildings or on the ground. The sun’s rays hit your solar panels and generate DC electricity
One or more make the DC electricity available for immediate use by converting it to the AC used by your farm’s electric system.
Powering your farm
Your solar generation goes directly to power your lights, equipment, etc. Solar does not change the way you use electricity—you just pay less to power your milking equipment, grain dryers, lights and fans, and other equipment.
Any unused solar electricity is sent to the grid. When solar generation cannot meet your demand, you draw what you need from the grid. From most utilities, you receive a credit for what you put on the grid and draw this down when you take from the grid.
Peace of Mind
The solar panels have no moving parts and require virtually no maintenance for their entire 25-year guaranteed production. The inverter requires replacement typically at 10-15 years, but it can be purchased with an extended warranty.
- Improves cash flow by lowering the cost of operations.
- Right now, the switch is supported by significant government incentives:
- Federal 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) - turns tax liability into a capital investment.
- Federal five-year MACRS depreciation
- Competitive annual USDA REAP Grants (funding up to 25% of project cost).
- Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) cash payments available in Illinois.
- Fosters energy independence for your farm by stabilizing the electricity rate.
- An investment that helps keep the farm in the family for the next generation.
Why Switch to Solar Power Now?
Solar panel prices have reached an all-time low, which is likely unsustainable as US trade policy changes. Likewise, major tax incentives are available now, while the future of the federal tax code is uncertain. (Solar arrays are now even being heralded as a small player in the urgent need to restore bee colonies*.)
We are a small business operating in, and staffed by, people from rural Illinois and Missouri. Several of our team members have a family background in farming. Our hard-fought experience and expertise comes from over 1300 solar energy systems installed under the same ownership in the same region for over a decade.
StraightUp Solar serves agribusinesses across most all of Illinois and Missouri. Our unique expertise provides true value to agribusinesses interested in solar energy:
StraightUp Solar is a fully insured, licensed, & Illinois state-certified, turnkey solar EPC firm staffed by our own in-house licensed electrician and NABCEP-certified professionals to provide the highest quality agricultural solar energy systems.