Solar Panels Plus Farming? Agrivoltaics Explained

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The following submission statement was provided by /u/minimallyviablehuman: — I love the idea of things serving multiple purposes. I can see this benefitting us in the future by doing three things: ​ 1. Energy production through solar 2. Capturing rainwater for irrigation 3. Enabling the growing of food, especially foods that prefer shade If we can use land and serve these three purposes there are some huge wins there. I would love to see mini communities that capture drinking water, produce energy for the homes surrounding these farms, and provide community and food growing opportunities through the agriculture crops. As discussed in the video, the economic viability needs to be determined. And you can only grow shade tolerant crops like this, but it seems like we could make more self-sufficient communities if we went in this direction. Thoughts? — Please reply to OP’s comment here: /r/Futurology/comments/q7f0zd/solar_panels_plus_farming_agrivoltaics_explained/hgi3m45/

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I love the idea of things serving multiple purposes. I can see this benefitting us in the future by doing three things: ​ 1. Energy production through solar 2. Capturing rainwater for irrigation 3. Enabling the growing of food, especially foods that prefer shade If we can use land and serve these three purposes there are some huge wins there. I would love to see mini communities that capture drinking water, produce energy for the homes surrounding these farms, and provide community and food growing opportunities through the agriculture crops. As discussed in the video, the economic viability needs to be determined. And you can only grow shade tolerant crops like this, but it seems like we could make more self-sufficient communities if we went in this direction. Thoughts?

minimallyviablehuman

Any costs & returns analysis on the electricity production since the panels have bigger gaps to allow sunlight through?

ardiento

Almost ten years ago my dad installed a solar array on a local hog farm. It produced, at the time, about half the needed power. He paid it off super quickly and has expanded and now his whole operation is run off of solar.

thehillager0987

I wish all parking and half of neighborhood street had solar overhead

ElectrikDonuts