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1155: Solar Photovoltaics

This paper is summarised from Farming Futures Fact Sheet 27

Year of Publication2010

Solar PV is a simple way for farmers to generate their own electricity. You can now earn 29.3-41.3p/kWh of electricity produced by solar PV compared to just 9p before April 2010. Solar PV cells will pay back the energy used in their manufacture within 1.5-2 years of their 25 year lifetime. A 23-27 kWp system will cost around £70-90k, with a return on investment of about 10% per cent and payback of 8-11 years. PV production has doubled every two years since 2002.

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