A holistic approach to protecting your farm with a solar system
A new way of thinking about your farm and how to protect it from climate change could have huge implications for farming in the future.
According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the world is expected to warm by between 0.6 to 1.2 degrees Celsius (2.5 to 5.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this century.
That’s enough to melt almost all of the ice in the Arctic and glaciers on land, and if current emissions trends continue to worsen, the planet will have to warm significantly more before we see the kind of damage we’re seeing today.
The report warns that by 2050, global warming could cause more than 10% of the world’s farmland to become uninhabitable, and some regions could experience the loss of their entire agricultural systems.
For the average person who is not on a tropical farm, the prospect of such severe change could be a scary prospect.
But the concept of holistic farming is not just for the rich and famous, and there are plenty of people around the world who are starting to realize just how much damage climate change can do to their land and water.
This year, the UK is the first country to enact legislation that would force people to buy more water, to protect the local environment.
And in Canada, a group of environmental activists has launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy a solar power system to help protect the climate.
For some farmers, the idea of building a solar farm on their land has become a part of their livelihood.
It’s something they take for granted and it’s something that they’ve always been aware of, but it’s also something that’s changing rapidly.
When the solar system was installed on the farm of Robert Crouch, a farmer from Wollongong in New South Wales, the first thing he did when he arrived on the property was to put his solar system on the roof.
“We were expecting a little bit of a bit of snow but no, the sun was shining,” Crouch said.
“It was actually quite a bit brighter than we had expected.”
In Australia, a solar project that covers an area of land of 1.6 hectares (3.3 acres) would be worth around $100,000, or $20,000 per day, but Crouch was not worried about the extra cost.
He knew it would pay for itself over time.
“It’s not just a matter of money,” he said.
Crouch’s family had been farming on the land for generations, but after the first solar system, it became a very important part of the farming process.
“For years we would have to do some maintenance and I just thought, ‘Well, I’m getting paid to do this’.”
“I guess it was sort of the first time in my life that I had had a system built that would help with the irrigation of my farm and the soil maintenance,” Copley said.
But when Crouch started thinking about what he wanted to do with the solar energy system, he realised that he didn’t have any money to do it.
“I thought I’d go ahead and do it myself and that was pretty much it,” he explained.
The Crouch family eventually sold the farm, and Crouch has since bought a system that he plans to use to provide electricity to the home he shares with his wife, mother and two young children.
“I think it’s important that the farmers are not left behind by the changes that are going to come,” Cropey said.
The cost of a solar array and solar system in the UK was around $1,000 (about $1.50 per kilowatt hour) but the Crouch’s system costs just under $30,000.
For the average Australian, that’s enough money to buy and install a solar panel on their own land.
In the United States, a federal bill passed by Congress in May would require all homes in the United Kingdom to have a solar PV system, but the bill also included provisions that could allow solar farms to be built on vacant land.
But if you live in New Zealand, you’ll likely need to pay a higher monthly fee to have your solar panels installed, so there are no plans to expand this system to the entire country.
What is the solar industry doing to fight climate change?
The solar industry is currently facing some of the biggest challenges of its kind.
Many solar companies have struggled to gain traction in the marketplace, and a growing number of them have struggled financially in recent years.
But many solar companies are also doing what they can to make a difference.
SolarWorld is the largest solar installer in the world, with more than 500 solar systems in operation.
It recently announced plans to invest $200 million in solar systems and projects, which is expected at least $30 million of that will be used to expand the solar PV industry.
SolarPower, which recently closed a $3 billion deal with Tesla, is also expanding its portfolio of solar systems.
SolarCity, a US-based