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US: Solar for agriculture

The aptly named Agriculture Solar, a company based in Arizona and specializing in solar energy solutions for the agricultural industry, knows it has a “homerun” on its hands.

“When we show growers the savings they can get by installing solar equipment, it’s very obvious that it’s the right move,” says Chuck Helmke, CTO for Agriculture Solar.

The company provides solar panels for growers as well as a tracking system that increases efficiency.

“We can achieve a 30%-35% increase in efficiency with tracking and we can do it economically.”

They’ve been in business since 2007, but boast engineering experience of many, many years.

“We’re able to provide an efficient solar solution, but more importantly, we can do it in a cost-effective manner,” says Helmke.

The largest obstacle they currently face is the initial capital investment necessary to implement rooftop solar panels.

“Honestly, it’s been a no-brainer when we show growers the savings they can get when they implement solar. Traditional energy costs consistently increase and when we let growers know they wont have to worry about those costs, they are immediately on board. The biggest hurdle for growers has been financing.”

Helmke adds that government tax credits designed to help people turn to solar energy help offset upfront costs, but he notes that they want to get to a point where no government incentives are needed.

“The technology is getting cheaper and we’d like to get it as cost-effectively as possible to growers.”


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