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January 22, 2013
The word on everyone’s lips these days seems to be “sustainability.” When it comes to American agriculture, sustainability is a big deal. Of the industries that rely on natural resources, agriculture tops the list. How do we ensure that farming practices can continue in a way that benefits the farmers, the environment and society? One element of the agricultural industry that plays a major role in creating a sustainable future is energy”where it comes from and how it is used.
Renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, production can not only supply energy to farming operations but it can also supplement farmers’ incomes. Crops and photovoltaic technology go hand in hand, they both require adequate sunlight to produce a healthy yield. Wide open spaces are ideal for wind turbines. By investing in renewable energy, farmers can further harness the forces of nature that they already depend on and use them to generate electricity for the farms or to feed back into the grid.
Biomass is another viable energy and income source for farmers. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “tripling U.S. use of biomass for energy could provide as much as 20 billion in new income for farmers.” Farmers can use biomass to heat buildings, dry crops, for dairy operations and in industrial processes. Ethanol gas could be used to power modified farm vehicles.
These green energy alternatives are not just available to farmers. Residents and businesses can also choose to purchase alternative energy from energy suppliers. In some cases, they may be able to purchase alternative energy to offset up to 100 of their energy consumption and greatly reduce their carbon footprints. Breathe easier and save a few bucks too when you shop for the best rates and alternative energy suppliers in a deregulated market. Check out Learn about Texas Energy to learn more.