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Photovoltaic system at the Purdue Beck Agriculture Center

Solar energy applications in Indiana must be evaluated carefully because the region’s generally limited resources for year round sunshine. Compared to the utility grid, electricity from photovoltaic power is still rather expensive. Solar water heating applications however show promise, as well as in locations where utility power is unavailable. Consult with an experienced technician to determine the viability of your potential solar project.

Solar Energy Publications

Solar Heating for Home, Farm and Small Business: Basic Facts About Collection, Storage and Utilization

AE-88 (PDF)

Solar Energy Heat Storage for Home, Farm and Small Business: Suggestions on Selecting and Using Thermal Storage Materials and Facilities

AE-89 (PDF)

Solar Heating Systems for Confinement Livestock Buildings

AE-99 (PDF)

Solar Heat for Grain Drying--Selection, Performance, Management

AE-108 (PDF)


Solar Energy Tools

Photovoltaic Calculator

National Renewable Energy Laboratory helps to understand the potential electrical energy produced in a given region of the state.

Solar Energy Economics Calculators for Solar Water Heating and Photovoltaic Electricity Generation

from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office


Solar Energy Links

Solar Energy Consumers Guide for Farms and Ranches

U.S. Department of Energy

Solar Energy Economics Calculators for Solar Water Heating and Photovoltaic Electricity Generation

Texas State Energy Conservation Office

Resources for Solar Energy

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

USDA Rural Development REAP Grant and Loan Program Brochure (PDF)

 

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