Solar fences for agriculture

Multiple benefits

Fences with multiple applications

Numerous farmers have been setting a good example in renewable energy generation for many years. However, not all roofs are ideally suited to installing PV systems. An intelligent alternative and addition to the range is the bifacial solar fence – the fence that pays for itself.

The fence is a solar system and enclosure rolled into one, and can also provide shade for animals as well as visual cover from predators. The Next2Sun solar fence can do more than simply generate enough power to cover the requirements of a farm – it also serves as a low-maintenance, weather-resistant replacement for traditional fences. In addition, the bifacial solar fence offers another interesting area of application: it can provide independent generation solutions, such as water pumps or similar, for consumers in adjoining areas. Furthermore, the solar fence is also suitable for all animal species, including both large and small livestock, as well as for use on arable land

Benefits

Benefits of the Next2Sun solar fence

Cost comparison

The Next2Sun solar fence –
a fence alternative that pays for itself more quickly than a roof PV!

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Cover the energy requirements of a farm with an annual power consumption of 28,000 kWh with:

98.8 m of solar fence

Roof PV Solar fence
Investment costs € 24,9605 € 34,900
minus alternative fence €0 -€ 7,9126
Net PV investment: € 24,960 € 26,988
Electricity yield p.a. € 3,4074 € 4,1064
PV pays for itself in 7.3 years 6.6 years
Fully pays for itself in 9.6 years 8.5 years
+ much less maintenance

1 Vacuum system with 5 kW

2 Heat lamp with 250 W

3 calculated at 40 kWh/fattening area/year (source: Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Elektrizitätsanwendung in der Landwirtschaft e.V.)

4 Power consumption savings at current kWh prices from a standard regional provider (25 ct/kWh), with installed power of 20.8 kWp and annual production of 1,050 kWp, with 80% (60%) private consumption from solar fence (roof mounting), excess feed-in at 6 ct/kWh

5 PV system price: calculated as €1,200 of costs per kWp

6 Comparable product: bar fence of comparable height (€80 per metre of length)

Each additional ten metres means: €9.30 of savings per week

Each additional ten metres means:

€9.30 of savings per week

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Calculator

What does the solar fence cost?

Enter the characteristics of your plot to calculate the potential power, possible annual electricity yield, and rough budget for your solar fence!

For the yield and cost estimate, we need to know the total length of the planned fence/enclosure using the solar fence, as well as the number of corners or corner elements, if any.

Length of your property line (in meters) *
Total length of your fence or property line that you want to equip with the solar fence.
Number of required corner elements *
How many corners does the above property line have?
Surface
Self assembly?
Ground type *
Please note: The solar fence is not approved as fall protection (e.g. as a railing / balcony railing)
Soil condition *
Other soil *
Wall / foundation width in centimeter (cm) *
Wall / foundation height in centimeter (cm) *
Possible other infos about the wall / foundation
Estimated costs for your solar fence
appr. €

Net cost excluding VAT for on-wall installation, standard version

Please note: The amount given here includes the rough cost of the solar fence incl. PV modules, but without the cost of assembly, electrical material and labor.

Your projected annual energy yield
appr.
kWh

With east-west orientation of the elements
Calculation based on long-term average sunshine hours in Central Germany and Austria respectively

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Construction and installation

Robust construction,
easy to install

Any questions about the solar fence?

Take a look at our FAQ with common questions about construction, installation, electricity yield and more.

Thoughts on solar fences

I spent a long time looking for an alternative way to generate power. The solar fence provides shade and a protected outdoor area for my organic chickens, and also produces power for my farm and my tavern all year round.

Herbert Rohrmoser
Organic farmer and restaurant owner from St. Martin bei Lofer

Next2Sun’s innovation has made us even more independent. We wanted an alternative to a living fence that still provided privacy. The 65 metres of solar fence on our property now produce electricity, even in winter. A truly worthwhile investment!

Hermann Bernhofer
Management consultant and solar fence owner from Adnet

The solar fence is a good addition to existing solar concepts and perhaps also a good replacement for the neighbourhood-repelling plastic fences that are currently in fashion!

Olaf Lies
Lower Saxony Environment and Energy Minister
The Next2Sun concept

The full solar fence package

Working together with our regional installation and consulting partners, we provide the ideal solution and implementation of your solar fence. We offer the following services:

Convinced yet?

Talk to one of our partners in your region for more information with no obligation, or contact us directly.