Farmers: Add Power to Your Harvest

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Farmers: Add Power to Your Harvest

Western Canada farmers know a thing or two about the sun. The rhythm of the family farm has been set by its rise and fall for over a century.

Why not put the sun to work and add solar to your harvest?

Agriculture is on the cutting edge of technology and on-farm power generation can be easily integrated as an important part of your business plan.

Power rates change and flux. In the last 30 years, power rates have risen by an average of 6%, and will continue to rise into the future.

What if you could predict your power costs for the next 10 years and stop rising rates?

When you invest in your own solar power generation, you can.

By generating your own power with solar, you’ll lock in your energy costs for the lifetime of your power system. You’ll lock in your power rate now. Not only that, miEnergy guarantees the power production that we quote you. If we’re ever wrong, we pay you the difference. That is our Power Pledge to all miEnergy customers.

By knowing exactly what you’ll spend upfront and exactly what you’ll save, you can incorporate energy production to your on-farm income with very little risk.

Limited-time subsidies may also cover up to $20,000 of your installation costs, through SaskPower’s Net Metering program. But, this rebate is predicted to run out before the deadline, as the 16 MW cap on projects is expected to be reached sooner than predicted. Alberta farmers can access the Alberta On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics Program, qualify for funding up to $0.75/Watt to a maximum 35% eligible cost share. miEnergy ensures that you receive all incentives that you are qualified. We handle the paperwork for you, so that you start saving from day one.

But, does Solar make sense in Western Canada?

Yes! Saskatchewan and Alberta have some of the most solar potential in the world. More power is produced per foot of solar panel in Calgary or Saskatoon than Rio De Janeiro, Rome or Miami! Even Germany, who is leading the way with solar energy production has less than half the amount of solar potential than AB or SK in many regions.