Renewable Energy

A solar-powered water pumpWhen you are evaluating the potential for alternative energy at your farm, it’s important to first look at any energy-efficiency opportunities you can pursue. If you make your farm as efficient as possible before you install a solar, wind, or bioenergy system, you can install a smaller, more cost-effective system.

The practical ATTRA resources here can help you get started. Don’t miss our Farm Energy Efficiency tutorial, which provides individual lessons on farm building efficiency, outdoor lighting, irrigation efficiency, solar, small-scale wind, and biodiesel.

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