A small business owner has developed a way to build solar panels on the back of a tractor, using a combination of recycled materials and a little ingenuity.
It works by using a tractor to generate electricity, then collecting water from the fields and water from local aquifers.
This year, a farmer in the US has also come up with a similar solution to generate power.
It is called the Millennial Farm, and it uses reclaimed material from a mill and a tractor as well as the farm’s power station.
“When we’re out on the land, we’ve got the wind blowing, and when we’ve been out on it, it’s just been blowing everywhere,” said the farmer, who wished to remain anonymous.
“So, we’re looking for the best materials to make a solar farm, and we’ve found it here.”
The mill, which has been running since 2011, uses reclaimed materials from the mill, a tractor and a water source from the farm.
This was a good resource for this year’s farm, the farmer said.
“It’s really good, because it’s made of recycled material and recycled material.”
The materials that we’re using to make this, we really can’t get into the landfill, so we’ve actually used that,” he said.
The farmer has also used recycled wood, as well, and even recycled some of the waste produced by the tractor.”
We’ve been making our own wood for about a year and a half now,” he explained.”
For the last three years, I’ve been turning all the wood we use to make wood into these beautiful white wood chairs that we can put up on our property.
“Now that we’ve gotten to this point, we can make more of these chairs for our neighbours, and they’ll appreciate the effort.”
The Millennial is a partnership between a local farmer, a company that builds power stations, and a small business in New South Wales.
The Milliner is made of reclaimed wood, but also recycled plastic from a tractor.
It was designed by local artist Matt Hepp.
“My idea is to use reclaimed materials as a source of energy for the power station,” he told News.
“This is all made up of recycled wood.
So it’s a bit of a hybrid, a little bit of wood with a little piece of recycled plastic.”
Matt, who works in the local art industry, said the concept of a solar power station came to him after visiting the Milliner and seeing how much work it took to get a solar installation going.
“I was thinking, what if I made this from the ground up and then used that as a tool to make something more sustainable?” he said, explaining the Millenary Farm concept.
“You can’t just buy materials and then go and make a house from recycled material.”
The tractor and mill used to generate the electricity were donated by the farmer.
“There’s a lot of recycled stuff on the ground, so it’s good to see that there’s some value there,” he added.
“Hopefully, with the new regulations that are coming through, people will start to think about recycling their own stuff instead of just using it for waste.”
The farmers’ solar farm will be operational from next year.