5 Solar tips for farmers to beat load shedding
 

Farms that don’t have any sort of backup power suffer greatly when Eskom decides to cut the electricity. Renewable energy for farms is vitally important for beating load shedding. Solar power systems are extremely popular in the agricultural sector, thanks to the fact that farms receive an abundance of sunlight and often have masses of unused land available.

 

Besides being able to offset the burden of a high electrical consumption, solar power systems can also play a massive role in allowing your farm to continue functioning during load shedding. Take a look at these 5 great tips to beating load shedding.

 

1. Lighting the way

 

It becomes just about impossible to perform daily tasks if you are unable to see. By designing agricultural buildings that utilise sunlight, rather than electrical lighting, you can cut your electrical costs as well as continue working even when Eskom has a bad day.

 

By using well-positioned skylights and solar powered lighting, you can rest easy knowing that the darkness will never affect your crops or livestock buildings.

 

2. Cheaper livestock management

 

In confined livestock spaces, fresh air is critical. Electrical ventilation systems are traditionally used, which not only raises your electrical bill, but also suffers when load shedding kicks in. Making use of solar power heating and cooling systems can save money and fuel, while keeping your livestock happy.

 

Electric fences that are powered by the sun are effective, adaptive and dependable. These can be used for permanent installation or as moveable paddocks.

 

Cleaning livestock areas with hot water can also become quite costly. Using solar power systems to heat water is great for beating load shedding, while cutting costs.

 

3. Greenhouse heating

 

Using greenhouses to grow crops is a common practice, with electrical, gas or oil heaters traditionally used to maintain and adjust core temperatures. These heating options can be expensive, often becoming defective during load shedding.

By specially aligning greenhouses, natural sunlight can be used during the day. Energy stored by solar power systems when the sun is shining can continue to heat greenhouses during the night, on cloudy days or when load shedding strikes.

 

4. Crop drying

 

The suns power has been used to dry crops since the beginning of time. Traditionally crops were left to dry out in the field, or on racks inside a shed. This left them susceptible to pests and bad weather.

Making use of solar powered drying systems within agricultural buildings not only allow crops to dry faster and more evenly, they also allow farmers to dry their crops 24 hours a day, regardless of the weather.

 

5. Solar irrigation

 

Farming with solar powered irrigation systems are becoming more and more popular around South Africa as a result of Eskom’s struggles. When load shedding kicks in, the power can often stay off for long periods of time, leaving crops begging to be hydrated.

 

Solar irrigation systems are reliable and cost-effective, usually requiring little maintenance. The pumps run when the sun is shining, ensuring that they work hardest in the hot summer months when they are needed most.

 

How Soventix can help

 

Soventix understands that each and every client is unique. Because of this, we strive to design customised solar power systems that meet your desired needs.

If you are interested in solar power installations, be sure to complete our contact form so that we can provide the best solutions for you.

 

 
 
 
Previous Posts
 
Solar power Africa: Morocco’s World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant
   
Going Solar: Solar Impulse 2 – Back in the Air and Breaking more Records
   
Easy and Effective ways to reduce your Carbon Footprint
   
Current Load Shedding Situation in South Africa
   
South Africa on Track to becoming Global Leader of Green Energy
   
Solar Impulse 2 Around-the-World Flight Update
   
A Guide to going Solar
   
Farming and Solar Power – Go Together like a Horse and Carriage
   
Solar Power FAQ
   
Considerations when Finding the Perfect Solar Installer
   
Soventix Solar Projects: Gauteng Grid-Tied Solution Taking Shape
   
Soventix Large Scale Solar Project Kicks Off in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
   
V&A Waterfront set to implement huge solar power project
   
South Africa ranks in Top 10 globally for solar power
   
South Africa on track for more utility-scale solar power plants
   
Robben Island set to run on solar power
   
Kenyan mall switches on largest solar carport system in Africa
   
What happened to load shedding
   
Understanding electricity consumption
   
Solar power advantages
   
How solar technology is improving informal settlements
   
Home solar options
   
Green Festivals – How Rocking the Daisies plays hard while treading lightly
   
Eskom turns to solar power to beat load shedding
   
Cutting fuel costs with innovative solar powered motorbikes
   
Why use solar power for home security?
   
Why do I need solar power?
   
Solar solutions for businesses
   
Installing solar on my roof
   
How to start my solar project
   
How much can I save with solar?
   
Commercial solar system project completed at ACA Threads, Cape Town
   
Large scale outdoor PV system completed at Quiver Tree Apartments, Stellenbosch
   
South Africa’s power crisis driving mines to renewable energy
   
New lithium battery technology could change solar power industry
   
How to finance your solar power systems
   
Comparing solar systems and generators
   
Understanding solar power language
   
Solar Impulse completes its historic solar energy flight to Hawaii
   
How to calculate the solar system size for your needs
   
Beating load shedding with photovoltaic solar systems
   
5 Solar tips for farmers to beat load shedding
   
5 Solar power tips to get through load shedding with ease
   
Solar cell breakthrough brightens the future of solar energy
   
How to beat load shedding. Solar power vs. Diesel Generators
   
Solar panels investigated. Which will suit your needs?
   
How farmers save money through solar energy
   
5 Clever ways agriculture can use solar power
   
Comparing solar power systems for your home
   
The Ecocapsule, a revolution in green design
   
Polycristalline vs. Thin Film Solar Panels
   
Everything you need to know when upgrading your solar power system
   
South Africa’s Solar Power Farms
   
Seamless Solar – Solar Panels that add to the beauty of your home
   
Solar powered cars – are they the future of motoring?
   
Solar power, battery – vs no battery backup system
   
Is solar energy expensive energy?
   
Load Shedding – How does it affect agriculture?
   
Ten easy steps for creating a green home
   
5 Things you didn’t know about solar cookers
   
Green power from the sea – harnessing wave energy
   
Selling electricity to Eskom. Can it be done?
   
Load Shedding – Is There An End In Sight?
   
Five Simple Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill at Home
   
Eskom’s Rebate Scheme for Small-Scale Renewable Energy – Is it for You?
   
Three Ways To Get Your Business Off The Power Grid
   
The Latest In Solar Power Technology For Your Home
   
Five ways farmers can reduce their carbon footprint
   
Why is solar power becoming more affordable?
   
Seven Facts About Owning A Solar Power System
   
Vrede en Lust leads the charge in the Cape’s solar-powered wine farms
   
Carbon Neutral Homes: Can they Exist?
   
Five easy steps for creating a green office
   
Solar Power and Agriculture
   
Different Sources of Renewable Energy
   
Solar Power and its Global Effects
   
Discover The Benefits of Household Solar Panels
   
Yingli Solar Panels
   
Solar PV Diesel Hybrid Solutions
   
Small-Scale Renewable Embedded Generation
   
Beat the Darkness of Load Shedding With Solar Backup Power!
   
Net Metering in the Cape Town Domestic Market