Delaware agricultural community discusses financial, environmental benefits of solar power

Farmers are considering costs and benefits from the sun after Governor John Carney signed the 33rd Senate bill in February.

A first set of legislation required 25 percent of Delaware’s energy use to come from renewable resources by 2025. Recent legislation, supported by the State of Sen. Stephanie Hansen and Rep. Ed Osienski, added that amount with the schedule. Currently, 40 percent of the energy used in Delaware has to come from new renewals.

So planets are just one way Delaware farmers can improve the achievement of goals as discussed in Senate Bill 33.

Delaware Farm Bureau representative Katharine Parry of Hartly said the solar panels not only improved her family’s poultry farming system, but also helped the environment and other electricity consumers.

“Financially savvy, it definitely saved a lot for us,” he said. “And of course, we want to be good stewards of the land. This is a great way to do that. ”

Parry had a 274-kW solar panel system, including 832 panels, installed in 2019 by Solar Solar.

The system, while expensive on the up, helped pay down the balance in its own education, he also noted. Parry said Paradise Solar helped the farm operator seek all funding options, including loans and grants, before installation began.

The family also discussed options with electricity.

“During the summer, it was very easy for us to come in with $ 6,000 to $ 7,000 electricity bills. Yes, our summer months are still high, but now our bill is no more than $ 600 a month. Other times, it’s as low as $ 17. In the best months, we get a check from the electricity company because we generated more electricity on the solar planets than we used on the farm, “he said.

Another benefit keeps Parry’s on their road panel, too, he added.

“Environmentally, this definitely helps clean up our carbon footprint. We have chickens through Perdue. They love to go to the fertile plains. . . Since we are affiliated, we have two exams a year, including the materials exam. So planets are always a big topic when it comes down to it, ”Parry said.

Brother Farmers Representative and Sussex County Director Willis Kirk praised their use of sunshine on farms as one way farmers help their local communities.

“A fair number of farmers have installed sun panels; many of them have broiler farms,” ​​he said. “It works as a way of saving energy.”

His family farms are spread throughout the state; many have assembled planetary elements.

“These measures are even looking at the electricity bill. When the sun comes up, we are looking at it in a positive way and seeing what is happening. Farmers are looking out for our neighborhoods. .Save is one way we do that. “

Bill Rohrer of Agrolab switched to solar panels several years ago, while considering how much electricity his business uses.

“I was really frustrated with the grid system, not only in terms of the cost but also the need for electricity from my own business,” he said. “While you’re spending $ 2,000-3,000 a month, you’re scratching your head and thinking, hey, can we do something different?”

For Rohrer and Agrolab, the sun was the change they needed.

“We paid for the program in three to five years, to show you how much electricity we use in the Agrolab field. The conservation theme is sure to impress people with planet of the sun.But conservation and finances are intertwined.Farmers and people in the agricultural industry want to do everything we can to improve the environment.And from a business point of view he is, money has to make good sense for many groups to jump into a project like the planets. For many of us, it’s a great way to put together goals. “

He also said, “In order to advance in technology, you have to make good choices. In my 30 years working in ag, I have noticed that farmers are making better and better decisions and have started to learn. I have always been a strong advocate for what farmers are doing. They are modest. And I always say, ‘If you can make a living farm on the Delmarva Peninsula, you can to work to do it everywhere. ‘ These farmers are giving everything for their families, businesses, communities, and the environment. I am proud to be a part of the community and close to the farmers. “

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