Five Solar Powered US Farms

Solar energy isn’t flourishing only in suburban and urban settings. Farms, which need to power agricultural equipment, processing and packaging facilities, offices and—if the farm is on the smaller side—living spaces, are also jumping on the solar bandwagon. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the rate of solar installation on farms increased almost five times between 2000 and 2009. In addition, the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program, which provides incentives to farmers and ranchers, saw a five-fold increase in just two years, from 2007 to 20o9.

Today we’ll be looking at five farms across the U.S. that use solar energy to power their equipment and facilities. Some are large, corporate farms that encompass many thousands of acres and several different facilities, and some are smaller, more locally focused farms. But all of them are making a difference by using renewable energy. Just click on any picture to learn more about the farm and its solar endeavors. You might also want to check out this video by the Georgia Farm Monitor to see some solar-powered farming in action.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.

    • Peter O’Connor

      Seems a logical thing to me – some farms could easily go off-grid altogether.