Solar PV and Farming – A Sustainable Energy Solution

Experts in Solar for Pig, Poultry and Dairy Farmers. For all of Your Agricultural Needs

Solar PV Paul Tully Pig Farmer and Fionnuala Carr MarVal Power

  • Reduced Energy Costs.
    • Solar energy can significantly reduce electricity bills for your farming operations, leaving you with more resources for your business.
  • Energy Independence.
    • By generating your own electricity, solar PV and farms can reduce their dependence on traditional energy sources and stabilise operational costs.
    • The electricity generated by solar panels can power lighting, ventilation, heating, cooling, and other essential equipment.
  • Reliability.
    • MarVal Power’s Solar PV systems provide a reliable power source, ensuring your farm operations continue without interruption.
    • Once installed, they require minimal maintenance and have a lifespan of 25-30 years or more.
  • Net Metering.
    • Excess energy generated during sunny periods can be fed back into the grid, allowing your farm to earn credits or receive payments from utility companies.
  • Long-Term Investment.
    • While there is an initial investment in installing solar panels, the long-term financial benefits and energy savings make it a viable and wise investment for farmers.
  • Environmental Impact.
    • Solar energy is a clean and renewable energy source, leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a smaller carbon footprint for farming operations.
    • By embracing solar energy, you’re continuing to reinforce your sustainable farming practices.
    • Making a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a decision that benefits your farm and long term security.
  • Capture.
    • Solar panels, installed strategically on rooftops or ground-mounted arrays, capture sunlight.
  • Conversion.
    • Photovoltaic cells within the panels absorb sunlight and generate a flow of electric current.
  • Inverter Conversion.
    • Direct current (DC) electricity produced by the panels is converted into alternating current (AC) electricity by the inverter.
  • Usable Electricity.
    • The AC electricity is ready to power various electrical devices and systems on the farm.
Source: Teagasc and TAMS 3
Solar PV and Pig Farming with Paul Tully
Solar PV and pig farming
  1. Energy Cost Concerns.
    • Rising energy costs prompted Paul to explore alternative energy sources.
    • Solar PV presented itself as a logical choice for long-term energy cost reduction.
  2. Payback Period.
    • Paul’s primary concern was the payback period.
    • With MarVal Power’s expertise and assistance, he will have a promising payback period of around 4-5 years, achieving a remarkable 20% annual return on investment.
  3. System Quality.
    • Paul wanted assurance regarding system quality and projected generation integrity.
    • MarVal Power’s commitment to proper installation and quality panels, backed by real-time monitoring, addressed these concerns.
  4. Contractor Selection.
    • Paul chose MarVal Power because he felt we were genuine.
    • He appreciated the step-by-step guidance provided by Stan, one of technical experts from MarVal Power.
  5. TAMS Application.
    • The project encountered a few challenges related to TAMS approval, which MarVal Power navigated competently.
    • Obtaining TAMS approval was well worth it, with grants covering 40% to 60% of costs.
  • Avoided rising electricity costs despite an unfavourable year.
  • A projected 12% annual return on investment.
  • Quick payback period of 4-5 years.
  • MarVal Power’s commitment to thorough installation process and quality panels.
  • Immediate switch-on after installation completion.
  • Planning and Assessment.
    • Our team conducted a thorough site assessment to determine the optimal solar panel placement for maximum energy generation.
  • Installation.
    • The solar panels, inverter, and associated equipment were carefully installed according to industry best practices.
  • Testing and Commissioning.
    • Rigorous testing ensured that the system was functioning optimally and ready to produce clean energy.
  • Ongoing Monitoring.
    • Our solar PV system is equipped with monitoring tools to track energy production, ensuring its efficiency over time.