Journal of NACAA

Impact of Solar Energy on a Naturally Ventilated Swine Building

ISSN 2158-9429

Volume 14, Issue 2 - December 2021

Editor: Executive Director

Abstract

While many farmers are considering solar electric systems to power their farms, variables such as installation cost, policy, rate structure, and energy usage can influence the economic viability. As a result, it’s essential to have a detailed understanding of how solar generation will impact the farm’s energy usage trends. This case study uses research data to compare the on-farm solar generation to the daily and seasonal energy needs of a naturally ventilated hog barn in Northwest Ohio. Our findings indicate the on-farm solar system provided savings by reducing monthly energy usage, however, did not significantly reduce the monthly peak demand.   

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