US seeks perfect ‘Reese’s Cup’ mix of farming and solar panels

‘Agrivoltaics’ projects seek to grow clean energy and food that would boost solar installations and give farmers more revenue.

Flat, sunny acres of land are prime real estate for solar energy developers who hold a key role in helping the US meet its climate goals.

But developers are often eyeing fields of wheat, corn, and hay; ranches roamed by cattle and sheep; and plots bursting with berries and lettuce. If built there, solar panels can level farms that feed the country. Yet federal energy officials and university researchers believe there’s no conflict.

The Energy Department is scaling up the emerging field of “agrivoltaics,” which seeks innovations in both solar technology and farming techniques that can produce clean energy and food at the same time, on the same plot of land.

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Source: Bloomberg Law

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