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Study Provides Overview of Regulations that Affect Agrivoltaics

A new study from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois presents an overview of zoning and taxation regulations that affect agrivoltaics, focusing on regulations concerning solar panels and grazing. Researchers found agrivoltaics installation typically causes the area to be declassified as agricultural land, resulting in added regulatory burdens, higher taxes, and sometimes fiscal penalties for violating zoning ordinances. Furthermore, state and local regulations are sometimes at odds. The researchers say they hope their work will encourage a shift to policies that incentivize agrivoltaics production and provide tax incentives—rather than penalties—for dual land usage.