Farmergy, a new energy solutions company, has opened its doors to offer farmers, ranchers and rural homeowners the tools and expertise to efficiently select and implement innovative energy systems for increased productivity and profitability through clean, environmentally friendly solutions.
So called "alternative" energy solutions are not new to rural America. Farmers and ranchers have harnessed the wind to hydrate their livestock and irrigate their crops for centuries. But a lot has changed since the first iconic windmills appeared across the American landscape.
Energy expenses are accounting for an ever-increasing portion of overall production costs. Looking for ways to gain efficiencies and boost their bottom line, farmers and ranchers are turning to alternative systems to power out buildings, livestock waterers, and cooling and ventilation systems. In addition, livestock producers depend on reliable sources of energy. A loss of electricity that powers ventilation systems or water-heating applications, for instance, can have a devastating impact on poultry, pork and dairy operations.
While the adoption of clean-energy solutions offers tremendous benefits, the challenge lies in sorting through the literally thousands of choices that are available to find the individual tools or packages that are right for you. There are also a number of government programs to encourage adaptation of alternative-energy systems, from grants to tax credits to favorable financing.
This is where Farmergy enters the picture. Farmergy uses a proprietary system called SmartEnergy PRO to help production agriculture and the rural community in making sound agri-environmental decisions that improve production and profitability. Via qualified consultants it can help:
- Accurately assess your energy needs and opportunities
- Develop a blueprint for your clean-energy system
- Identify and capitalize on available grants, tax credits and favorable financing
- Put you in contact with a trained and certified installer who can source and implement your customized clean-energy system
Farmergy also offers its clients the tools to evaluate clean energy systems based on their potential return on investment.
"There are tremendous incentives from government programs to explore clean energy, and we can help farmers and ranchers capitalize on these," says Mark Green, chief executive officer of Farmergy. "But when you look at your ROI afterwards, you'll frequently find the return is even more impressive than the initial incentives. Pursuing alternative energy now is not only an important decision for our planet, it can be a critically important business decision that will pay off for years to come."
Farmergy offers a range of consulting services at different price points. Beginning with the basic SmartEnergy PRO plan, priced at $349, Farmergy Smart Energy Consultants work with you via phone and e-mail to identify your energy needs and guide you through the process of selecting the right equipment, selecting the best installation technicians and identifying opportunities for government aid and tax credits. These services are scalable, becoming as detailed as using satellite imaging and on-farm site visits to implement major energy projects.
"For farmers, ranchers and rural homeowners who decide to do it themselves, there are 40 to 50 time-consuming and often confusing steps from start to finish in identifying, selecting and implementing clean energy systems," Green says. "But our expert consultants work with each individual to develop a SmartEnergy Pro plan in as few as eight comprehensive steps."
Although Farmergy does not sell alternative energy systems directly, the company works with best-in-class manufacturers and distributors and a network of certified installers to make the purchase and installation of energy systems seamless for Farmergy customers.
You can find out more at www. Farmergy.com, or talk to a Farmergy Smart Energy Consultant at