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Agricultural Solar PV

Solar Power For Agricultural Businesses

At Alternative Energy, we are at the forefront of integrating renewable energy solutions within the agricultural sector. Based in the heart of Ireland, we specialise in the design, installation, and maintenance of solar PV (photovoltaic) systems for farms and agricultural businesses. Our commitment is to sustainability and helping the agricultural community harness the power of the sun.
Are you ready to explore the benefits of solar energy for your farm? Contact us today to discuss how we can help you make the transition to cleaner, more sustainable, and cost-effective energy solutions.
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Why Choose Alternative Energy for Your Agricultural Solar Panel Installation?

Vast Experience
With more than 12 years of experience working in the PV sector, the team at Alternative Energy has the technical proficiency and expertise to install solar panels at your business without a hassle.
SEAI Certified
Alternative Energy is proud to be a registered installer of photovoltaic systems and we are certified by SEAI. You can count on us for your commercial solar panel installation.
Excellent Customer Service
Everything we do is centred on the needs of the customer. From the initial consultation to the fast installation, we strive to provide nothing short of the best customer service.

Commercial Solar Grants & Tariffs

Under the TAMS III Grant, eligible farmers can access financial support of up to €90,000. This substantial sum is aimed at covering a significant portion of the costs associated with acquiring and installing new technologies and systems that promote environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.
To be eligible for the TAMS III Grant, applicants must be actively engaged in the agricultural sector within Ireland. This includes farmers, agricultural contractors, and producers who meet specific criteria outlined by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

Our Expert Agricultrual Solar Panel Installation Process

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Assessment

We start by doing an exhaustive examination of your farm to calculate its solar potential. This entails taking into account various factors including location, solar exposure, and energy use trends.

Installation

Under the direction of our knowledgeable professionals, the solar panels are set up securely and effectively. We will go above and beyond to ensure your everyday activities are disrupted as little as possible.

Maintenance

To keep your solar panel system performing at its best, we provide continuing maintenance services. We take immense pride in giving our customers the highest professional standard of after care and support.
So if you’re ready to embrace the power of solar panels for business and watch your business shine with cost-effective energy solutions then get in touch today.

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Why Solar PV for Agricultural Energy Needs?

We understand the unique energy needs of farms and agricultural enterprises, and our solar PV systems are designed to meet these needs, reducing carbon footprints and energy costs.

Cost Savings: Reduce your electricity bills significantly by generating your own power.

Sustainability: Harness clean, renewable energy, reducing your carbon footprint.

Reliability: Solar PV systems are low maintenance and have a long lifespan, providing a reliable source of energy for years to come.

Independence: Increase your energy independence by reducing reliance on the national grid.

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Our installation and customer service team are trained to the highest standards in the solar power sector. We pride ourselves on giving our customers the highest professional standard of after care and support.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Solar Panels

An agricultural solar PV (photovoltaic) system is a renewable energy setup designed specifically for the agricultural sector. It consists of solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity. This electricity can be used to power various operations on a farm, from irrigation systems to machinery and buildings. The system works by capturing sunlight through photovoltaic cells in the panels, which is then converted into usable electrical power through an inverter.
The ability of a solar PV system to power an entire farm depends on several factors, including the size of the farm, the energy efficiency of the farm’s operations, and the capacity of the installed solar PV system. In many cases, a well-designed system can cover a significant portion of a farm’s energy needs. However, for complete energy independence, a farm may require a combination of solar PV capacity, energy efficiency measures, and possibly energy storage solutions.
The payback period for a solar PV system can vary based on several factors, including the initial installation cost, the amount of electricity the system generates, electricity rates, and available incentives. Generally, the payback period can range from 5 to 10 years, but with rising energy prices and available grants, the period may be shorter for many farms.
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What Are the Benefits of Agricultural PV Systems?

Reduced Utility Costs

Energy generated from agricultural PV panels will cost a fraction of what you have been paying so far for your utility costs. Although saving just a small amount per kWh may sound insignificant, it adds up very quickly. Furthermore, it is relatively low to maintain solar panels for office buildings.

Efficient Energy Production

Installation of solar panels for your farm can increase the efficiency of your daily operations. Even though the standard efficiency levels of solar panel are 15-20%, they can reach 42% in certain cases. Not all agricultural panels are created from the same material and thus have different efficiency ratings.

Lower Carbon Footprint

Another great benefit of agricultural solar installation is that it reduces our carbon footprint. Generating solar energy on your own will significantly lower carbon footprint. Furthermore, this will increase the substantial credentials of your farm and enhance your business reputation.

Energy Cost Savings

Solar panels for farms generate clean electricity during the daytime hours that can be utilised on your site. This lowers your agri business’ demand for electricity from the grid, potentially saving thousands on your energy bills. Opting for agricultural PV panels can thus be very beneficial.
Scanner Shackletons Milling
Scanner Shackletons Milling
2024-02-27
We had been considering the installation of Solar PV for quite a while. I visited many commercial premises that had installed solar panels to research the process, before deciding on Alternative Energy as our provider. Jerome, Ronan and their team did a top class job of designing, installing and commissioning our system, with minimum disruption to the every day running of our factory. All the required paperwork and forms were completed for our ESB Network connection and our SEAI grant application. Our phone app allows us to monitor our usage and get live information of solar production. I am now looking at installing a second system on another premises and plan on using Jerome and Ronan once again. Their standard of workmanship is exemplary and I would have no hesitation in recommending Alternative Energy as a solar provider. Mark Birnie Director Shackletons Milling.
Kendra Reynolds
Kendra Reynolds
2024-01-19
The guys were recommended to me by a friend. Price was good and they were lovely to deal with. I'm not usually one for leaving reviews but they went the extra mile so I thought it was only fair. We actually had a faulty inverter out of the box, the guys took up the case with the manufacturer and got us a replacement fitted within a week, so fair play.
Gerry Cummins
Gerry Cummins
2023-12-13
Excellent service and excellent value for money. They came on the planned date and installed, tested and commissioned the solar PV panel system over two days. Both the roofing team and the electricians carried out their work in a professional manner. They answered and explained any questions I asked, they discussed with me beforehand what they would do, they explained how the system operates and what apps I needed to download and they tidied up fully when they were finished. I would have no hesitation in recommending Alternative Energy to anyone based on their excellent service and professionalism.
Dawn O'Connor
Dawn O'Connor
2023-11-20
Alternative Energy installed our solar PV system with hot water diverter in May 2023, fantastic service from initial contact with salesperson, very experienced and friendly installation team, excellent handover on how the installed system works plus assistance with drawdown of the SEAI grant. We highly recommend ALTERNATIVE ENERGY.
paul mac
paul mac
2023-11-16
The guys at alternative energy installed our solar system 7 years ago, it was well installed and works brilliantly, they are always very happy to help with any questions even 7 years later. Highly recommend, great guys!
Linda Muldoon
Linda Muldoon
2023-11-13
Alternative energy installed my solar panels I would highly recommend them a very professional company arrived on time got the job done in record time explained everything and I must say I am very pleased with the end result can see some savings already so a very pleased customer.
Greg Carey
Greg Carey
2023-11-10
Great company to deal with and really professional both pre- and post-installation. Always available to answer any questions and the installation itself was really quick. Very happy with my setup now and having the ability to charge my EV car for free is a huge bonus.
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Jabberwokk Account
2023-11-06
Superb, unparalleled quality of installation and service. We've had 3 solar PV installations by Alternative Energy and they'll get our recommendation to each prospective customer..
Tracey O Neill
Tracey O Neill
2023-11-06
Great company to deal with….very happy with the savings from our solar panels and Eddi hot water system. Would have no hesitation in recommending Alternative Energy!
kieran brett
kieran brett
2023-11-06
Very pleased with 5.5kw install by this company. They were very competitive with pricing. Very helpful both in sizing the system and advising what best suited my property. Install done over 2 days, no fuss, good workmanship, all paperwork completed thoroughly. Queries post install were dealt with professionally and efficiently and to my complete satisfaction. Would definitely recommend this company for solar installation.
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