Benefits of Co-locating Solar and Crop Production

Benefits of Co-locating Solar and Crop Production

Are you a farmer or investor looking to add solar on a large property? The benefits of adding solar to your land will benefit not only the environment but also you financially. Contact Solar Chief for a free quote and evaluation.

Benefits to Agricultural Land Managers Include:

  • Reduced electricity costs
  • Diversification of the revenue stream
  • Increased ability to install high-value, shad- 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.

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.

Source: Energy.gov

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