Agrivoltaics Help Solar Industry and Food Production Find Common Ground
Although solar energy production and food production often conflict over limited land resources, The Christian Science Monitor reports that agrivoltaics offers a way to combine both objectives on a single plot of land. Researchers found that both livestock and crops can be raised beneath solar panels, benefiting from both shelter and shade. Although panels must be mounted higher for cattle, sheep seem to be a good fit with solar arrays. Chickens do well in panels’ shelter, but don’t graze enough to keep the grass down. The American Solar Grazing Association helps to promote the concept nationwide. Meanwhile, research showed that some crops can yield better and use less water when grown below solar panels.