Solar Energy Systems for MN Agriculture

Solar Panel Design + Installation for Agriculture in Minnesota

Farming and agriculture have been a bedrock of our country for hundreds of years. Farms supply our growing population with countless products: nutritional food, materials for textiles, fuels, and more. In turn, the progression of industry and our population growth are causing an increased demand for high-yield crops and well-bred livestock at a time when climate change is challenging farmers’ livelihoods. Many farmers who hope to slow the effects of fossil fuel usage and harmful emissions are looking to solar energy. Commercial solar panel installations for agricultural businesses help business owners power their farms while saving money and decreasing their environmental impact. If you haven’t ever thought about using solar power for agricultural purposes, here are some compelling benefits to consider.

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Power Your Agricultural Business with Solar in Minnesota

Anything on your farm that is currently powered or charged with electricity can be switched over to run on energy from solar panels. From irrigation systems to livestock fences to milk processing equipment, solar energy powers it all. Not to mention, the energy produced by solar panels will cost you pennies on the dollar compared to grid energy. In fact, your system can actually become profitable when you sell surplus energy back to your power company!

Solar Panels for Crop Farmers in Minnesota

Delicate crops thrive under solar panel arrays. By growing crops under solar panels for farms, you can help shield the plants from dry, drought-like conditions in the heat of the summer. And here’s another benefit of using solar power: freestanding solar panels for agriculture also regulate the soil temperature underneath them by absorbing the sunlight before it reaches the ground; this is great for farmers who want to extend the growing season for cool weather plants.

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Financing + Rebates

Take full advantage of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Among other climate-positive initiatives, the IRA’s new Investment Tax Credit is game-changing for MN businesses considering a solar power installation or a string of solar projects over the coming years. 

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EPC Services

We design, install, and operate commercial solar PV arrays throughout the Midwest and have over 14 years of demonstrated experience with large, complex solar arrays. Learn more about our EPC Services online or by calling 763-334-6406.

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Power Purchase Agreements

Minnesota businesses can convert to solar powered energy systems without tying up funds in a capital investment, or having any operating and maintenance costs, while cutting what they pay for electricity as they reduce their carbon footprint. This is done with a Power Purchase Agreement.

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Operation + Maintenance

A critical component to maximizing your sunshine power is making sure you have a solid operation and maintenance agreement in place. At Cedar Creek Energy, we provide a suite of services that support green energy and sustainable building practices.

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Solar Energy in Agriculture: Cost Effective and Eco-Friendly

Due to numerous state and federal solar programs and grants, you will likely have little to no upfront cost when installing an agricultural solar system. Without high start-up costs to consider, your panels will begin saving you money on power right away! And a payment towards your solar equipment will, in many cases, be substantially lower than what you were paying monthly for grid power. 

Farmers know it best: powering an agricultural business takes a lot of energy. You pour you own personal energy into your farm, but you also rely on grid power to keep things running. In a sadly ironic twist, the use of grid energy to power your farm may be contributing to the climate challenges many crop and livestock farmers face each season. Luckily, solar energy is an easily implemented, profitable solution, and Cedar Creek Energy is at the ready to design an energy system for your farm!

Contact Cedar Creek Energy’s commercial solar professionals to learn more about installing a solar energy system for your agriculture business.