Technology has driven poultry farming to a highly automated and computerised practice, enabling significant increases in the output for farmers. This has also dramatically increased the energy costs as ventilation, temperature control and automated systems drive greater power consumption.
Designing Solar for a Poultry Farm
There are a number of sector specific factors that should be considered when designing solar for a poultry farm:
- Seasonal impacts on energy consumption and specifically for broiler sheds, how energy consumption differs through bird cycles
- The impact of penetrated roof insulation and subsequent impacts on energy-use and relevant insurance contracts
- Site layout and distribution of meters / NMIs. It is worth considering the costs and benefits of an embedded network and compared against keeping multiple solar PV arrays which can be eligible for small-scale technology certificates (STCs) government scheme
- Installation practices should follow all necessary requirements to avoid bio-security hazards
Finance Options for Poultry Farmers
To unlock the potential of solar power, you do not need to impact your business’ working capital. Often commercial solar projects leverage discounted energy-efficiency loans or power purchase agreements (PPAs) that enable a achieve a cash flow positive solution from day 1 with no upfront costs. To see a balanced analysis of the pros and cons of each funding method – see this article.
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