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Thousands of solar farms generate clean energy for large and small areas throughout the U.S. These farms contain thousands, if not millions, of solar panels that feed energy into the power grid and provide emission-free energy to homes, businesses, industrial facilities, and more.
Solar energy applications vary, so developers create several types of solar farms depending on the project’s purpose. Our recent article on starting a solar farm briefly touches on the types of solar farms, but we want to dive into the primary types in more detail.
Three Main Types of Solar Farms
Solar farms, also called solar power stations or solar parks, vary in size and purpose. The three main types of solar farms include the following:
1. Utility-Scale Solar Farm
Utility-scale solar farms feed solar energy into the power grid through high-voltage power lines. These massive solar systems can span many acres and contain millions of individual panels. Thousands of these large-scale farms generate solar energy throughout the U.S.
Utility companies own some of these solar parks to add a renewable energy source to their power generation capabilities. Private business corporations own other farms and sell their generated power to a power company.
2. Distributed Generation Solar Farm
Other types of solar farms provide power to specific areas, such as neighborhoods or business parks. This distributed generation often takes the form of a community solar energy project, where participating home and business owners receive compensation from the power company for generated electricity.
Adding a distributed generation solar farm to an area offers many benefits, including lower energy costs for participants and a clean, renewable method for producing energy for the power grid.
3. Microgrid Solar Farm
Many facilities use microgrid solar farms to provide emergency power when the primary power grid cannot. Microgrids once relied on fuel-based generators to produce electricity during power outages, but solar technology has transformed how people think about power generation and storage. Many facilities and communities use microgrid solar farms to improve the resiliency of their local grids and increase their energy independence.
Hire Experienced Solar Panel Installers for Your Solar Farm Project
The solar industry has experienced massive growth in the past few years and promises to continue to spread across the U.S. and the world. Visit this link to learn about the largest solar power farms in the U.S. and how they generate clean, emission-free energy.
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