Solar Farming

Solar Farming

Solar farming is the process of harnessing the abundantly available sunlight into renewable energy resources to be used for various purposes, both for domestic consumption as well as commercial applications.

Technically, solar farms (also known as solar parks or solar fields) are the large-scale application of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate green, clean electricity on a large scale, usually to feed into the grid. The size of the solar farms may vary between 1 acre and 100 acres, and they are usually developed in the rural areas.

Thus, on a solar farm, large amounts of power are generated from freely available sunlight. As solar energy is collected from a wide area, the process is also referred to as “farming” to “harvest” renewable energy from the sun. Solar farming is an opportunity for those in the agricultural sector to view solar energy as a “replacement harvest” and create cleaner forms of energy like green energy by transforming tracts of vacant or even underused land into electrical energy producing farms.

Large scale adaptation of solar farming techniques (that sans all kinds of environmental pollution) could well be the harbinger of a veritable energy revolution that would certainly make the world a better place to live.

As India is blessed with a vast solar energy potential, solar energy represents a bright spot on the country’s economic front. If India makes a concerted switch from coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear power plants to solar and other renewable sources, it is possible that 100 percent of India’s electricity could be from renewable energy by the year 2050.

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