Saving Energy With Solar Farms
What are Solar farms? Solar farms (sometimes known as solar parks or solar fields) are the large-scale application of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate green, clean electricity at scale, usually to feed into the grid. Solar farms can cover anything between 1 acre and 100 acres, and are usually developed in rural areas.
Solar panels are used on homes to save energy consumption. Solar residential systems are designed to cover your power needs in a financial sense, not in an electrical sense. Your panels should make about enough power so that, when you sell that power to the utility, they pay you enough to cover your bill for power used.
Once you see that when you “go solar” you are an electricity producer, you might ask, “why do the panels have to be on my house?” And the answer is “They don’t have to be on your house; in fact, they’d be better off on a solar farm.” The advantage of having them on the farm is that we can put the panels on big motorized towers. The motors allow the panels to track the sun so they have higher electrical output.
Solar farms are sprouting up all over America. The 30% Federal energy tax credit, combined with state, utility and local solar incentives have created an extremely favorable climate for investment in solar farm technology.
Solar farms can take many forms. The most common is the PV or photovoltaic solar farm that is built from hundreds or thousands of solar panels mounted on large racks in a field, pasture or desert parcel.
Southeastern Site Development workers are trained in the mass grading, clearing, and earth stripping of a solar farm project. We recently finished construction on a solar farm in Social Circle, Georgia.