Why Solar Barn Restorations Make Sense

Minnesota is one of America’s top agricultural states, generating around $20 billion dollars in receipts every year. Just take a road trip across the state and you’ll see farmlands blanketing the sides of the road. It’s a part of Minnesota’s heritage. Anything historic sometimes requires upkeep and the winter we’ve just had was rough. Maybe you’re starting to do research on restoring your barn. Have you considered solar energy for your roof?

A positive-impact barn restoration can be right for you if you’re a farmer or if you’re retrofitting your barn.

A positive-impact barn restoration can be right for you if you’re a farmer or if you’re retrofitting your barn.

Solar technology has been gaining popularity over the past few years in large part due to the economic benefits. Customers can expect a lower electricity bill each month because a portion of the energy is coming from the sun. The portion depends largely on the size of the solar array. This makes solar a great option for barn refurbishments. The size of the barn can frequently offer a solar array that can produce 10-15kW per month.

The reality of farming is that upkeep of the farm and the equipment drive down profits. This makes solar panels and shingles a great option since they open up a new space for production on the roof. You’ll start farming solar rays to subsidize your farm as each month’s energy bill drops. Also, your utility company will credit you for any excess energy generated through a process called net metering. With battery storage you can store additional energy, bringing those monthly prices down even further.

There are federal and state benefits to a solar installation as well. The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows a 30% deduction on installation cost through the end of 2019. The credit is scheduled to drop to 26 percent at the start of 2020, too, so 2019 might be the ideal time to take advantage of this credit. Additionally, Minnesota exempts sales tax from the installation process. And because barn restoration is an expensive process no matter which way you go, there are two programs, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), that can be of assistance with upfront financing concerns.

Our first phase required us to clean out the debris from this past Minnesota winter. Second phase was to add new rafters and sheeting. We will soon be adding solar shingles to this positive impact barn restoration.

Our first phase required us to clean out the debris from this past Minnesota winter. Second phase was to add new rafters and sheeting. We will soon be adding solar shingles to this positive impact barn restoration.

Litty Solar is Minnesota’s first solar shingle installation company. We’re accredited and trained in both Certainteed’s Apollo II and RGS’s award-winning Dow PowerHouse models, currently. We’ve got decades of experience in solar technology and roofing, and are excited to bring that experience to you. Contact us at info@littysolar.com for further information.