Why farmers love solar panel technology

“Being at the end of a supply chain leaves you vulnerable. That’s why solar panel technology is especially popular with farmers who live at the end of our power grid.”

The same is true with the United Kingdom PLC.

Solar panel farms

Solar panel farms

Since 2005, energy prices have increased a whopping 73% leaving many households in fuel poverty, simply because we are all at the end of an international power supply system.

With a whopping 75% of the country’s oil and gas supplies from Russia and the volatile Middle East by 2014with increasing demand and deteriorating North Sea supplies, our growing dependence on imported energy will continue to have serious consequences for everyone.

As most farmers have always been aware, providing a way to reduce dependence on the network is paramount, especially when you are at the end of the supply chain. In global terms, we are the last in line and every family needs to find new ways to reduce the damage our faith in oversea supplies and thus the high cost of energy our geographical location is causing.

Not just solar panels

The popularity of solar panels with farmers over the last few years has not only been fueled by the feed-in tariff schemes, but by the need to become self-reliant on energy again, as has always traditionally been the case.

Look at most farms secluded in their countryside location and although mechanisation over the years has increased their reliance on oil, their domestic oil requirements for most farmhouses can always be subsidised and in some cases replaced by more traditional means.

These homes are always backed up with historical wood burning means as either a primary or backup system. Cooking and heating can always be done through this method and many have removed them over the years, reverting back to these more reliant practices. This type of mindset is needed.

In addition, the (photovoltaic) PV solar panels and small-scale wind turbines, can ensure the farm house can function even if supply from the main network is disrupted.

Stuart Lovatt the founder of Heat my Home continues: “Many people not just farmers, are now changing the way they think about energy and its future. The need to change how we heat and power our house is going to become more and more urgent as we progress through the coming years.”

Solar panels will continue to increase in popularity, but the only thing that will change is the feed-in tariff rates which will gradually be reduced to newer entrants as more people rush to avoid certain high costs of energy.

So the moral to this story is, learn from farmers who have had to deal with a situation where power is not always on tap. Investing in a long-term technology, which will last longer than your mortgage, for a long-term problem, which is sure to be on the horizon.


"Feel the pride."

Stuart Lovatt on
Founder of Heat My Home.

  • steve foyle

    I had a modest domestic PV system installed (3.5kWp, within the 4kWp threshold limit for domestic installations), got very involved in the whole process including doing my own modelling and for me it was a ‘no brainer’:

    1) Approximately 10% RoI pa (return on investment)
    2) Circa 7.5 years to recover initial capital
    3) I was able to make a small contribution to the ‘green’ agenda

    From my own experiences care needs to be taken with whom you contract to do the job for you; I had one very questionable Co. who were essentially inept but finally made the correct choice and am very happy with my system.

    Whilst I support both small and large scale projects I believe that there is a balance needed between farmers and others who opt for large scale installations and the domestic users since the Government budget was largely expended by larger installations. I do not subscribe to the mantra ‘the rich get richer as the poor get poorer’ however, there is an element of truth in this in that those that could afford such an investment to benefit from a PV system will gain from the FIT revenue that is ostensibly funded by all energy users.

    I am now researching the feasibility of a wind generator including the WLC (whole life cost). Real benefits to storing energy for release essentially during night-time is of particular interest.

    Best Regards

    S P Foyle