Recently Farm and Ranch Guide wrote an article about the viability and reasons solar makes sense in the ranching and farming community. You know that when middle America agricultural community decides to adopt solar it means we have reached main stream. I grew up on a farm in Washington state and the one thing that I think most folks mistake about ranchers and farmers is their business sense. It is a business and a big one at that. Agriculture and agriculture-related industries contributed $775.8 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012, a 4.8-percent share. Forget your straw chewing, a shucks kick the dirt, back woods stereotype. These folks work harder than most and are often rewarded nicely for their effort.
Washington decided to offer a incentive package of up to $5000 a year for solar energy production plus no sales tax on solar products or installation. We quickly learned that the farming community understood the federal tax incentives as they have been utilizing them for years in farm tax incentives that are very similar in structure. One of the semi hiccups early on when we started was a third party was not eligible for the incentives in Washington but we were pleasantly surprised at the amount of banks that would loan to our customers at great rates. Most of the banks here exist due to the farming community. So here is what the Farm and Ranch Guide and another article I ran across with a farmer who installed solar who claims God hates Cowards had to say about solar.
November 14, 2014 6:00 am •