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There are different benefits of co-locating solar and crop production for solar energy developers and farmers.
- Benefits to solar developers include:
- Reduced installation costs – The use of previously tilled agricultural may prevent the need for expensive grading to flatten land to a usable level.
- Reduced upfront risk – Geotechnical risks can increase the cost of solar installation due to increased testing needs. Previously tilled agricultural land was identified as the “least risk option” during a series of surveys with solar installers.
- Reduced legal risk – By using previously disturbed land, solar installers can reduce the risk of up front litigation during the environmental review process.
- Potential increase PV performance – Vegetation under modules can contribute to lower soil temperatures and increase solar performance.
- Benefits to agricultural land managers include:
- Reduced electricity costs
- Diversification of the revenue stream
- Increased ability to install high-value, shade- resistant crops for new markets
- Marketing opportunity to sustainability-mindful audience
- Ability to maintain crop production during solar generation
- Allow for nutrient and land recharge of degraded lands.
- Potential for water use reduction
- Potential to extend growing seasons
Information courtesy of Energy.gov