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.


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