On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Shows Strong Growth

The number of solar panels, wind turbines and methane digesters on America’s farms and ranches has increased significantly over the past decade and there are now 8,569 operations producing their own renewable energy, according to the results of the 2009 On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Survey released last week. Conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, this was the first-ever nationwide survey that looked at renewable energy practices on America’s farms and ranches. According to the survey results, solar panels were the most prominent way to produce on-farm energy. In 2009, farmers on 7,968 operations nationwide reported using photovoltaic and thermal solar panels. The use of wind turbines was reported by farmers on 1,420 operations across 48 states. The use of methane digesters was reported by 121 operations in 29 states. On the state level, California leads the nation with 1,956 operations producing renewable energy, accounting for nearly a quarter of all operations in the United States participating in this practice. Texas, Hawaii and Colorado were the other major states where farmers on at least 500 or more operations were producing their own renewable energy. The survey results also show an economic upside to producing energy on the farm. Farmers in nearly every state reported savings on their utility bills. The savings were especially noticeable in New York, where utility bill savings reported by respondents topped $5,000 for 2009.
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As a follow-up to the Census of Agriculture, NASS is conducting its first-ever survey focused on renewable energy. The On-Farm Energy Production Survey will gather information about energy production on America’s farms and ranches including the use of wind turbines, solar panels, anaerobic digesters and other alternative energy sources. Energy Survey FAQs. What is the On-Farm Energy Production Survey? Why is this survey important? How does it benefit farmers? Was this survey mandatory like the Agriculture Census? How often will this survey be conducted? When will survey results be available? Where can I get more information about the On-Farm Energy Production Survey? ((03 MAR 2011))

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