Agrivoltaics is the co-location of solar panels on agricultural lands that results in the co-production of agricultural products and electricity. Globally, it is a growing area of research that has the potential to address challenges in the water-energy-food nexus. In the US, there has been a recent expansion of research into the compatibility of various crops with a range of solar panel designs. Understanding crop-panel interactions is critical to simultaneously maximizing crop yield and energy yield, while gaining other benefits like increased water use efficiency. However, to date, there has been limited investment in agrivoltaics research or development in California, despite California being a leader in both agriculture and solar energy production. This panel of experts discusses the potential for development, challenges, and benefits of agrivoltaics in California.
In Summary: Agrivoltaics in California
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Secretary of the California Department of Food & Agriculture
Majdi Abou Najm
Lead Energy-Water-Land Analyst
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Energy Systems Researcher and PhD Candidate
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