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August 26, 2021

What is a Solar Farm? And How Does It Help the Environment?

Solar Farms

They have been around for over a decade. They’ve popped up around rural parts of the country. Sometimes, what once was a functioning agricultural farm has transformed into rows and rows of solar panels offering clean and renewable energy to communities.

Like with many things involving solar energy, there are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about solar farms and their impact on communities and the land they inhabit. And since we love diving into the details about solar energy and busting myths about this renewable energy source, we’re here to educate you on some simple things about solar farms in the United States and how they help our environment.

What Is A Solar Farm?

Solar farms are large-scale photovoltaic systems that use the sun’s rays to generate energy. In other words, solar farms or solar parks, are a type of power plant. They’re typically used for public or merchant spaces. And they differ from residential and commercial solar energy systems in distinct ways.

Unlike solar panels and systems on your roof, solar farms typically provide their energy to electrical grids. Sometimes solar farms are built solely to power high-energy-use spaces like data centers. Other times solar farms provide energy to utility companies, allowing them to offer more renewable energy solutions to their customers.

Common Myths About Solar Farms, Debunked

Myth #1: Solar Farms Emit Toxic Materials

This isn’t true. Solar panels release no toxic materials to humans, plants, animals, or the environment.

Myth #2: Solar farms ruin the land they’re built on.

Again, this is untrue. There are actually scientists working to combine solar farms with agriculture. Solar panels actually work to reduce the heat of an area, which actually would make it more appealing for certain types of vegetation and agriculture.

Myth #3 Solar farms ruin property value

Another false statement. Solar panels don’t ruin the land they’re built on and don’t reduce a property’s value. Instead, farmers in rural parts of the country have actually seen a stable income due to renting their space for solar energy use.

Solar Farms in Florida

Florida leads the way for solar energy, not just in the States, but in the entire world. With lots of sunshine to go around, the state and its utility company are working to deliver renewable energy to Florida residents, while making as little impact on the environment as possible.

Florida Power and Light (FPL), currently operates 28 solar power plants in the state. Each of these plants delivers clean and renewable energy to Florida residents and businesses. Florida is also leading the way in solar energy (hello, we’re the Sunshine State after all), the utility company is pledging to install 30 million solar panels by 2030. Making Florida one of the cleanest energy suppliers in the world.

Are you ready to install your own solar energy system? Contact us to schedule a risk-free consultation.

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