Due to the unpredictable nature of agriculture, a farmer, probably more than any other business person, must look at the long term when considering where to put his money. More and more farmers are turning to solar power not just to save on their power costs, but also as an alternate source of dependable income. The barns, shops and storage buildings present on farms provide large areas of roof space for solar panels. With the requirement for power companies to buy unused energy from solar power systems connected to the grid, many farmers are seeing money coming in from the power company instead of going out.
Solar power also simplifies expanding farm facilities as the need for power lines or trenches is eliminated. Electricity is now available in areas that would have required a large infrastructure investment.