Until very recently, few people considered solar power and solar farms to be a real solution to the current energy crisis. For decades, scientists have been experimenting with alternative forms of energy – hoping to come up with a workable solution before the world’s current sources of energy are completely depleted. As the population grows each year, the need for a better, cleaner and more renewable form of energy becomes more and more important. Solar power, which is captured and converted on solar farms, is quickly emerging as one of the best alternatives to fossil fuels and other non-renewable sources – largely because this source has many benefits and very few drawbacks. Mentioned below are a few benefits of solar farming and how solar farms are greening up America.
Solar farms, also called photovoltaic (PV) power stations or solar parks, are like agricultural farms in many ways. However, unlike other types of farms, they can occupy otherwise unusable land – such as large stretches of brown field sites and deserts. However, for those who own large stretches of land that would be good for a solar farm, but are also great for cultivation, a large portion of the solar farm space can be used for purposes such as biodiversity or cattle grazing. Multipurpose land leads to even greater profitability.
Another benefit to solar power or solar farms as an energy source is that they have an extremely limited impact on the environment. Other than the fact that the panels take up land space, there are almost no negative repercussions – such as pollution. Additionally, solar farms can use many different kinds of mounts for the PV panels, and some of these mounts are much less invasive to the land than others. However, the type of mount used depends greatly on the slope of the land as well as the soil.
An additional benefit is the relatively high return on investment you can get with solar farms. Although the initial costs of starting a solar farm can seem somewhat expensive, the equipment pays for itself over time and many solar farms have begun to experience profit rather quickly. In addition, businesses can enjoy tax cuts for investing in a renewable consumer energy resource – which can drastically offset the cost of the land and equipment needed for large solar farms.
One of the only down sides to commercial solar farms is that the panels are affected by factors such as shade, climate and weather conditions. For example, the output of energy is extremely limited by shade. Thus areas that experience little sunlight and heavy cloud cover are less effective spaces for these solar farms. However, there are plenty of sunny spots for solar farms to flourish and, as the technology improves and the panels become more powerful, little bits of shade will have less and less of an impact. In other words – a solar farm is a very wise investment.