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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Solar Energy in Agriculture Workshop

Feb 24, 2016, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Friday, February 19, 2016
Der Dutchman - 445 S Jefferson Ave, Plain City, Ohio
Mary Griffith

Many farmers consider investing in on-farm solar energy systems to stabilize energy input costs. Solar energy systems offer many benefits, including the positive environmental impact of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced future energy costs. Energy inputs are important to agriculture, with energy-related expenses representing an average of more than 13% of farm production expenses in 2005-2008. Solar energy stabilizes future energy costs, is associated with low maintenance costs, and is free to the producer after the initial investment in installation is recovered. However, it is critical to understand the assumptions used to calculate the payback on the initial investment.

To help producers understand whether on-farm solar is a good fit for their operations, this workshop will offer information on important factors to consider while predicting return on that initial investment. Other important financial considerations including tax credits, financing options, and funding opportunities, will also be discussed.

The workshop is free to attend but does require registration. Breakfast and lunch are included with registration. Space is limited. Please register by February 19. To register, contact OSU Extension Madison County at: 740-852-0975 or

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