Cost: Free, Supported by North Central Region SARE


SARE Webinar Brochure 2021 – final

Our SARE PDP grant is coming to an end. We invite you to join us for our last webinar to learn about the economics and feasibility of solar electric systems for farms, residences, and businesses.

 Who should attend:

  • People who work with farmers and citizens interested in solar; Extension Educators, Rural Bankers, Ag service providers, USDA, State government.
  • If you have attended our webinar series before this will be a review, if not this is a great opportunity to learn about solar applications on farms.

What is the payback for Solar PV systems? A common question with not such as easy answer. Farmers and businesses are receiving marketing materials to invest in solar, yet the economic feasibility of solar is not always clear. This workshop will cover how solar electric systems work, how to determine the value of energy and how the complexity of subsidies and policy make general statements about feasibility more complex. This workshop will cover these issues in detail and provide participants with the information they need to speak confidently with farmers about solar electric systems.


  • Eric Romich: The Ohio State University Extension: Eric has over 10 years of experience teaching about solar PV and has advised on dozens of projects including a 12 MW utility-scale project in Wyandot County, OH.
  • John Hay: Nebraska Extension: John has over 10 years of experience teaching about farm, residential, and business solar projects and has advised on dozens of projects. John installed his own 4.4 kW solar array at his home in 2017.


  • Part 1: Introduction to Photovoltaic Solar
    • Date: March 30th 9:00 am -10:30 pm (Central)
  • Part 2:  System Cost and Financial Parameters
    • Date: April 1st 9:00 am -10:30 pm (Central)
  • Part 3: Incentives, Electrical Rate Structure
    • Date: April 6th 9:00 am -10:30 pm (Central)
  • Part 4: Interpreting Economic Analysis and Optimizing for Owners Goals
    • Date: April 8th 9:00 am -10:30 pm (Central)

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