Solar Panels For Agricultural Farms & Outbuildings

Over 14 Years Experience Fitting Solar Panels For Farms & Outbuildings

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Energy Issues Facing Solar Panels For Farms

Dairy & poultry farms or any farm that needs to run chillers biggest cost is electricity. In February 2013, the owners at Upsydling Dorchester had a 50 kWp Solar PV system installed onto their grain store.They were so pleased with the results they later commissioned us to design and install a 50 kWp ground mount array. They are currently considering another disused area of their land for an 8MW solar farm.

14 Years Experience Fitting Solar Panels For Farms

We have 14 years experience fitting solar panels for farms and agricultural buildings. With Commercial Solar technology evolving and as growth continues worldwide for renewable alternatives, solar and other form of renewable sources will continue to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We know by using solar our clients can see immediate reductions in energy costs as well as benefiting from generous ROI & meeting sustainable commitments.

Empower Energy offer a full turnkey solution from Project management, design, performance calculations, modelling and planning through to installation and commissioning.

What Will My Solar PV System Look Like ?

We’ve installed hundreds of systems of every size and will tailor a tried and tested solution with the minimum impact to your business. Installations can take as little as one day and you’ll notice immediate changes to your bills.

Using The Right Technology For Your Solar Panel Farm Project

With Solar photovoltaic system technology evolving and as growth continues worldwide for renewable generation alternatives, solar and other form of renewables will continue to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We know by using Solar our Clients see immediate reductions in energy costs, benefiting from generous ROI & meeting sustainably commitments. Empower Energy offer a full turnkey solution from Project management, design, performance calculations, modelling, planning, installation and commissioning.

Solar Maintenance

Fortunately, once you get past the initial installation process, there’s very little else you need to think about. Solar panel systems don’t require a great deal of maintenance, and in the winter, you don’t have to worry so much about them being cleaned because the natural weather conditions mean they usually get a good wash on their own.

However, we know our customers deserve the very best, and in the unlikely instance your system is underperforming, or a repair is needed, you want to know you can count on us to fix any problems as quickly as possible. That’s why we offer an excellent customer maintenance package which covers you for an entire year. This means that any system faults will be taken care of and you won’t have to pay additional charges for call outs, as part of our maintenance scheme you'll pay a fixed call out rate for the year with the bonus that if you join our maintenance package our team of specialists will annually come out to clean and test your solar panels to make sure your system meets the high standards we enforce at Empower and put your mind at ease.

The Future Of Solar

With constant battles over trying to save our planet from global warming, solar is the way forward. Solar is an environmentally friendly way of generating electricity available for everyday use as well as protecting your farms investments and profitability. Solar makes complete sense for every farmer looking to add value and, cut costs at the same time.

Why Choose Us As Your Installers?

At Empower we make ensure we consistentley deliver outstanding installations to all our customers and match the high standard customer service we enforce within the company. If you’re in consideration of installing solar for your agricultural farm or outbuilding here’s why you should choose us as your trusted installers.

How The Solar Installation Process Works

How does it work? Once you’ve contacted our team with the details required, we’ll provide you with a solar system quote specific to your project. Once all the design and planning for your project is completed our team of engineers will visit the site and start the official installation of your solar system. Solar panel installations can take several days depending on the size system you require for your outbuilding/ agricultural farm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Solar Panels Reduce My Electric Bill?

Solar panels are an intelligent investment that has a positive impact on everyone involved. Installing solar on your commercial farm or outbuilding means any electricity rates prior that have prevented the ability to put money into areas that will benefiit your business will be a problem you'll no longer have to face. For any farm big or small hoping to save money whilst grow, having to think about how much your electricity bill is going to cost each month is something that’s not only preventing potential earnings in other places but becomes a common annoyance. Solar allows you to take control and spend your money how you want to, by using electricity sourced from natural energy on a day to day basis should not only make you feel better about your everyday lifestyle choices but will also cut your electricity bills down each month by up to half as much.

Do Solar Panels Need Servicing?

Solar panels require little maintenance especially in the winter when bad weather conditions mean the panels often clean themselves without the need to have to pay for engineers to come out and maintain them. In the summer more work may be needed to keep the panels up to standard because the dry weather means the panels have little rain so are unable to stay clean and can therefore, get quite dirty and not look as appealing. Signing up to our maintenance package means you'll pay a fixed rate for the entire year and for that get your panels annually cleaned, inspected and kept up to date to guarantee high panel efficiency.

Regular maintenance checks are especially beneficial for larger commercial solar systems because it ensures the system is operating properly with no underlying issues. Something important to regularly check with large systems because if something does go wrong it can impact the business on a large scale. If your solar panels are installed on a flat roof, they’ll need regular cleans anyway because unlike solar panels installed on a slanted array that clean themselves when rain runs down, panels on a flat roof are unable to stay clean as easy. Solar panel servicing means any potential problems can be terminated before they become any bigger and affect the functionality of the system.

How Long Does It Take For Solar Panels To Pay For Themselves?

Solar panels are a great investment for any farm, wanting to grow, whilst saving money at the same time. With commercial solar panels, the payback time can vary because the systems can differ so much in size from as little as 10kw to as large as 250 kW with paybacks of between 8 and 12 years on average.
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How Many Solar Panels Do I Need For My Solar Farm Business?

There is no definitive answer to this you can only be advised as to what could be suitable however, your farm or outbuilding may need more or fewer panels depending on the size of your business, the amount of electricity your farm consumes on average, and the amount of panels your roof can hold. These are all deciding factors of your system's size. However, the size of a solar farm business will also affect the amount of electrics used. Larger farms are likely to use a greater amount of electricity than a smaller farm business. Before evaluating how many panels your business needs you'll need to calculate how many panels your outbuilding roof can have on it first.

How Much Do Commercial Solar Panels Cost?

Commercial solar panel systems can range anywhere from £5,000 to £80,000 + for larger kW systems depending on the size you anticipate getting. Anybody who knows anything about solar systems will know its virtually impossible to put an exact price on the cost of one before recieving the right details because each system varies such a significant amount. From the type of panels used, to the system size and what type of system it is. These factors can all make the cost of your system go up or down. Before any prices are given out you'll need to give your installers the required details so the estimated system cost can be accurately calculated.
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What Happens To Solar Panels After 20 years?

Photovoltaic solar panels often include a warranty of 20-25 years however, various solar customers have made use of their solar panels long after the warrantied time has finished. Solar panels have an average deficiency of around 0.5%-1% every year which would mean after 20 years your panels would still be over 80% efficient. Over time solar panels become slightly less effective and degrade over a period of time however, this doesn’t mean that after 20 years your panels are going to stop working by any means but does however, mean you’re guaranteed panel period is no longer valid.
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Solar Panel Installation Costs

The cost of a commercial solar system installation can vary significantly from each project. This is because the sizing of each system can range from as little as 6kwp to as large as 500kwp so until we have the required details to calculate your project it's difficult to estimate the cost of your install.

MCS Accredited Installers

Ensuring your installation goes smoothly and your system is correctly installed means having installers who you can trust to go above and beyond to get the job done, quickly, and accurately. This needs to be taken into consideration carefully when choosing your installers. Ensuring your installers are MCS accredited not only protects you from receiving a flawed installation but it also means your system will meet the high standards that all certified installers work to. Our team of specialists at Empower are all MCS accredited installers with a wide range of knowledge and well-respected amount of years fitting solar systems for outbuildings and agricultural farms.

Why Invest In Commercial Solar?

Installing solar to your agricultural farm or outbuilding is a no brainer. With electricity prices constantly rising and significantly reducing farmers capital over recent years 2020 couldn’t be a better year to install solar and make it your smartest investment to date. Despite the concern of solar still maintaing profitability due to the feed-in tariff no longer existing now is the smartest time to consider solar.

PPA Agreement

The PPA stands for Power Purchase Agreement. This agreement where one investor sells electricity at a fixed rate to the customer therefore both of them financially benefit from the agreement. The electricity that is sold to the buyer is significantly cheaper than standard electricity rates, this is why it works so well and is a bonus of installing solar to your agricultural farm or outbuilding.

A building with a large kwp (kilowatt peak) solar system is going to generate considerably more electricity than a smaller kwp system. This is what makes such a difference in price. Whether it’s a smaller system you require or a large kwp system, solar is ideal for either because it works to accommodate your needs and ensure your system is the right size for what your company requires.

Carbon Footprint Reduction

Solar isn’t just good for your farms business environment too. Instead of generating electricity that releases harmful gas emissions into our atmosphere regularly, you can make the switch to solar, meaning you'll significantly reduce the CO2 emissions you release and help reduce global warming.

It might not sound like much but here at Empower, we're all about being green and helping as much as we can to achieve a healthy and clean atmosphere. Just by generating renewable energy you're doing your bit to help the environment too.

Low Maintenance Costs

The best thing about solar is once your system is installed, it doesn’t demand a great deal of maintenance, so you don’t need to worry about constantly having to have your system looked at. Any required maintenance isn’t high in cost but excellent value for money so you get what you pay for without having to do a thing.

Benefits Broken Down

  • Energy suppliers provide cheaper, fixed electricity rates Continues ensuring profitability to your farm
  • Reduce harmful emissions released
  • Low maintenance prices
  • Seen as additional financial value to your farm or outbuilding
  • Environmentally friendly

Is My Solar Farm Suitable For Solar PV ?

There are many contributing factors to a systems’ effectiveness, such as location, angle, shading etc. By far the best way to check is to have one of our experienced commercial solar surveyors visit you personally and prepare a no obligation report and quotation. Not only will this highlight your system options, it will also show the estimated generation that you can expect from your system based on accurate details prior to installation, instead of averages and ‘best case’ figures.

Solar Panels For My Solar Farms Business

With Commercial Solar photovoltaic system technology evolving and as growth continues worldwide for renewable generation alternatives, solar and other form of renewables will continue to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We know by using Solar our Clients see immediate reductions in energy costs, benefiting from generous ROI & meeting sustainably commitments. Empower Energy offer a full turnkey solution from Project management, design, performance calculations, modelling, planning, installation and commissioning.

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