Solar panels for Farms.
If you’re considering solar panels for your farm or land, you’re in good hands with Solar Fast. Our expert team supply and install solar systems best suited to your specific needs.
As electricity costs continue to increase, many farms are looking to cut costs. Installing solar panels is an excellent way to reduce energy bills, maintain profit and do your bit for the planet.
Thanks to ample roof space and unused land, farms and agriculture set-ups are ideal locations for sustainable solar systems. The result? You can offset the high electricity costs to boost your bottom line.
Stick with us to learn more about the benefits of solar, and you’ll soon see why solar panels are proving popular in the agriculture sector.
Powering your farm with solar panels
Farmers have been harnessing and using solar energy for thousands of years for their agriculture. When you think about it, almost every form of agriculture uses the sun’s energy. So, why not do the same to power your farm?
As energy costs soar in the UK, farmers and landowners are increasingly unlocking the potential of the unused roof and land space for a solar panel set-up.
From refrigeration warehouses to dairy units and chicken housing, we understand that farming requires significant energy to operate every day. Regardless of the size of your operation, we can plan and install a solar set-up to meet your needs.
Save money with agriculture solar panels
Business costs are rising in the UK, and energy is one of the biggest culprits right now. Thankfully, solar panels don’t just benefit the planet but your profit margins too.
In the last decade, solar has become the fastest-growing energy source worldwide. As a result, solar panels are much more competitively priced, making now an excellent time to invest.
A properly maintained solar panel set-up will provide your farm with free electricity for 25 years or more. Based on the current installation costs, you can expect to pay back the costs in as little as five years. In short, your panels will remain profitable long after you’ve made a return on your investment.
Financing agricultural solar panels
We understand that running a business doesn’t come cheap. So, if you cannot invest the capital upfront or would prefer to spend it elsewhere, there’s no need to go without.
In our mission to ensure renewable energy is accessible, we offer affordable finance solutions. So, you can spread the costs and pay each month. Our expert team will assist you in understanding the financial benefits of solar panels and selecting a finance solution suited to you.
Utilising solar battery storage
Harness the power of the sun further with solar battery storage. Integrating your solar system with battery storage is an excellent way to improve your green energy solution.
A solar battery solution allows you to store and use all your panels’ free electricity rather than exporting it back to the grid. So, you’ll enjoy energy 24 hours a day, minus high grid costs.
You can learn more about solar battery storage here.
Why should I install Solar Panels for my Business?
If there is one thing a business needs, it's stability. Being in control of your energy supply means that your productivity and profit isn’t affected by supply issues or erratic pricing. Using renewable energy also future proofs your business by cutting your electricity bill and therefore reducing any green levies or taxes that will inevitably be introduced in the coming years. Plus, going green is a very marketable commodity.
What type of panels is best for commercial use?
There are 2 types of photovoltaic panels generally used in the UK - monocrystalline and polycrystalline. Without going into too much detail, monocrystalline panels tend to be most popular and widely available. The technology is improving within the industry and Solar Fast supply a half-cell monocrystalline panel that is one of the most efficient products on the market.
A good installer will ensure the most cost effective panels are part of your system.
How many solar panels do I need to run my business?
This would be based on the amount of energy you use, how much space you have to install the panels and what kind of panels you opt for.
Also, it’s best to think of your system as a way to reduce, rather than eradicate, electricity bills. But, regardless of whether your system is large enough to produce most of your energy needs or not, it is certainly a worthwhile investment.
Even a relatively small, 18 panel system would save a medium sized business (50 - 250 employees) up to £4000 a year at current energy prices.
Will I pay VAT on solar panels for my business?
While the government has announced a 0% VAT rate on domestic installations, the VAT is still set at 5% for businesses.
Do I Need a Solar Battery Storage System for my business?
Including batteries in your commercial solar power installation isn’t essential but we would recommend it if the premises are used outside of sunlight hours as, if you are overproducing during the day, this can be stored for later. This means you can continue to save money on your energy even when everyone’s working nights.
If you don’t want to include a battery in your system, we would recommend speaking to your supplier about a SEG (Smart Energy Guarantee) to sell any excess electricity back into the grid.
Do I need planning permission for installing solar panels on a commercial building?
In short, no you don’t, but we will have to add a few caveats to that answer.
Roof based solar system must not stick out more than 200mm from the roof/wall surface it is mounted on. If the system is on a flat roof, the panels must be less than 1m in height above the highest part of the flat roof excluding any chimneys. They must also be over 1m away from any external edges of the roof.
If you are lucky enough to have a business in an area of outstanding natural beauty, or land with similar restrictions, then you can’t have anything on a roof slope or wall facing the road.
New planning rules mean ground-mounted solar arrays of up to nine square metres don’t need planning permission if they are less than 4m tall and you can only have one ground mounted system for each building.
If we don’t own our building can we still install solar panels?
You can indeed but you will need the permission from the landlord and you will still need to comply with any regulations and planning rules attached to the building.
Most landlords would be delighted with one of their tenants installing a system that reduces the carbon foot-print of their property.
Do I need permission to install panels on a listed building?
Yes, yes you do.
Any kind of change to a listed building has to be okayed by the local council and you will have to make a case for your ‘LBC’ (Listed Building Consent). The advantage you will have is that renewable energy provision is a very compelling argument for improving both the cost and carbon footprint of an old building.
Panels are also easy to install, remove or replace with minimal disruption to a building.
How do I get planning permission?
Leave it to us!
We handle planning applications on your behalf as part of the install.
We will also handle structural surveys. These are required whenever the panels increase the structural load on the roof by 15% or more - which is pretty much all commercial installs.
Again, we handle this in your name and payment is made outside of your contract. That way, you get to keep the report to use elsewhere if you decide not to continue with the install.
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