Fritz came out and did a solar site assessment and analyzed our energy usage. He then provided options that ranged from replacing the electricity we consumed to covering all of our costs associated with electricity production, even generating some income off the structure. We installed a 9.8 kW fixed, ground-mounted solar array. The solar panels are six feet off the ground allowing for the sheep to pasture and lounge beneath the structure. And we do not have any need to manage vegetation around the array!
How did adding solar benefit the farm?
We initiated production in October, 2018. November, 2018 was the cloudiest in thirty-some years. February, 2019 was the snowiest on record. But despite that we are pleased. The twelve months prior to the installation, we paid out on average a little more than $100 each month for electricity. And we were already frugal users of energy. The first twelve months of solar production our electrical costs average less than $18 each month.