About the AgriSolar Clearinghouse
The AgriSolar Clearinghouse is a nationwide hub developed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology to connect businesses, landowners, and researchers with trusted resources to support the growth of co-located solar and sustainable agriculture, also known as agrisolar or agrivoltaic development.
We believe that by co-locating solar and agriculture, we can harvest the sun twice, expand clean energy opportunities in rural America, improve farm profitability, create thriving solar ecosystems, increase community resilience, and help keep farmer lands in farmers’ hands.
Solar developments will cover over 3 million acres of land in the next ten years. If these lands become energy-only production it will impact farms, habitat, soil health, and communities. When designed and managed with best practices, agrisolar can:
- Diversify farm revenue,
- Increase rural energy independence,
- Decrease crop irrigation by half,
- Increase solar panel efficiency,
- Promote grazing as vegetation management,
- Increase soil organic matter and carbon accrual,
- Improve ecosystem health,
- Support native species, and
- Triple local pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds, and bats.
Staff, Partners, and Stakeholders
Meet NCAT’s AgriSolar Clearinghouse Team
NCAT’s team of agrisolar experts are ready to provide technical assistance, develop best practices, disseminate trusted research, lead field trips, and create publications, case studies, webinars, podcast, and films to support the agrisolar community.
Stacie Peterson, PhD
Luz Ballesteros Gonzalez
Meet the AgriSolar Partners
Our partners include the leading experts in AgriSolar in the country. They are here to provide cutting-edge research, technical assistance, facilitate relationships, and develop best practices media.
Greg Barron-Gafford, PhD
Rebecca Efroymson, PhD
Amy Johnson, PhD
Iara Lacher, PhD
Meet the AgriSolar Stakeholders
Our stakeholder group serves as a review board for the Clearinghouse. It includes leading experts in solar grazing, pollinator habitat, farmland conservation, agrivoltaics, and rural affairs.