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Solar Structures in Agriculture

In the global quest for renewable energy, innovative solutions are emerging that address energy needs and enhance agricultural productivity.
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Written by:Frans van Zyl
Frans van Zyl
Civil Engineer (M.Eng)

Put an end to single-purpose land use

In the global quest for renewable energy, innovative solutions are emerging that address energy needs and enhance agricultural productivity. One such solution is the integration of solar power within agriculture. Solar mounting structures designed for agricultural use offer dual benefits and could put an end to single-purpose land use. Here are a few advantages of integrating solar with agriculture:

Cost Savings

One of the obvious advantages of using solar power in agriculture is the cost-saving potential. Compared to solar energy, more traditional energy sources such as fossil-fuelled generators and pumps are expensive and have inconsistent expenditures due to fluctuating prices.

Reliability and Peace of Mind

Load shedding and load reduction are common in South Africa. With the grid’s unreliable power supply and the crucial need to water crops and maintain day-to-day operations, solar power can be a reliable source of energy. Solar power can ensure the continuous operation of essential farm equipment, such as irrigation systems, pumps, and lighting, even in remote or off-grid locations.

Environmental Sustainability

As the world strives to move away from fossil fuels and environmental standards are placed on the agricultural sector in some countries, renewable, clean solar energy can be seen as an eco-friendly alternative. By moving away from non-renewable resources, farmers can help mitigate climate change and reduce the CO2 footprint caused by the agricultural sector.

Future Investment

Solar energy production is not only a long-term solution but also a long-term investment. With the lifespan of panels exceeding 20 years and minimal maintenance required, solar energy ensures a long-term solution for a reliable, clean, and consistent energy supply. A loss in production due to power outages is a loss in capital and a loss in growth. There is no better investment for a business than installing solar.

Improve Land Use

Solar mounting structures can be installed on unused land to optimize land efficiency, and mounting structures can be integrated to maximize crop yields. By integrating a solar structure with a greenhouse or overhead irrigation structure, land and capital are optimally used as one structure that can have dual benefits and functions. Installing solar structures over crops in warm climates can increase crop yield and decrease water requirements by providing shade.

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking to install standard ground mounts, overhead structures for irrigation systems, or create a solar-powered greenhouse, Lumax Energy’s experienced team of engineers is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in integrating solar solutions into your agricultural operations.

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Civil Engineer (M.Eng)

Frans Van Zyl is a skilled Civil Engineer specialising in fixed-tilt ground mount and carport systems at Lumax Energy. He expertly blends academic knowledge with practical experience to pioneer innovative solutions. Passionate about designing and executing projects, Frans excels in creating custom structures tailored to unique site requirements. He is also dedicated to enhancing his project management skills to further his contributions to Lumax Energy’s success.

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