Have you always wanted to go solar, but keep hesitating to take the leap? Here is my list of the top five limiting beliefs I’ve observed both in myself and others related to using solar energy in the garden, the homestead, or the farm. Our online course Build Solar Energy Systems to Grow Food will provide the guidance to help you overcome these limiting beliefs.
1. I need to know electrical stuff to build a solar energy system.
This is true if you want a big solar energy system that runs an entire farm’s energy needs, but it’s actually not true for building some small, practical systems that can still do a lot of work.
Whether you’re just starting a farm or have been managing one for a while, one thing you’ll notice is that you need a lot of energy to keep everything running. Refrigeration and heating are the two biggest energy consumers, and take expert electricians to design and put together.
But there are other jobs that are much easier and safer to do when working with solar energy, like water pumping, lighting, and electric fencing. With some basic skills, you can design, build, and maintain small solar energy systems that help with these tasks. No electrician degree needed!
2. I’ve never built anything more complicated than an IKEA shelf.
I’ve put together some IKEA furniture that was definitely harder to assemble than a simple solar energy system. Building a small solar energy system is just like putting together furniture when you have the plans, components, and tools you need to get the job done.
Our course makes every step of the way easy, so that at the end you will have a product that you built yourself. Trust me, it’s a proud moment — just like when you finally get your IKEA furniture together.
3. It’s not so tough doing all the watering myself. I like it.
This is the number one response I get when I talk to gardeners and farmers about using solar energy for irrigation. I understand — it is actually fun to water your crops…unless you have other things to do. I don’t mind watering a few plants, but as our garden grows, we can end up spending a lot of time just on this one task.
On top of saving you time, what if I also told you that an automated watering system can do a much better job than you ever could? With better timing of watering and greater consistency, your garden will suddenly be bigger than ever before!
4. What if something breaks? I won’t have a place to return it to.
The great thing about small solar energy systems is that it’s easy to have a few of them around. So if one breaks, you can switch it out with another one that works. Diagnosis is also super easy because you can compare it to another one that’s working.
Because you were the one who put all of the pieces together, it will take you mere minutes to change out parts. You will no longer be dependent on a return policy or terms and conditions. If something breaks, you will be able to just fix it.
5. The way it’s done today is okay.
We don’t know what we’re missing out on until we experience what we could have. Solar energy systems for growing food are just like that. After we experience them, we can never go back because the bar gets raised so high.
These systems can do a lot of work around the farm and garden that pays us back plenty in food and more leisure time. Today’s conventional gardening and farming still closely resembles that of 100 years ago. It’s time for an update to the future of local food.