Getting Started with Agrisolar – A Tutorial

This tutorial will help you step through the initial decisions to start an agrisolar project. The first few slides of this tutorial provide a background on agrisolar. The remaining slides allow you to choose your path into agrisolar.

In this video, Max Greene and Emily Griffith of Renewable Northwest discuss the state of agrisolar development in the Pacific Northwest.

 

In this webinar, AgriSolar Clearinghouse team members Carl Berntsen and Allen Puckett discuss their new publication, “AgriSolar Ownership: A Guide for Farmers, Ranchers, Communities, and Landowners to Co-locate Agricultural Production and Solar Generation.”

 

The publication is available on the AgriSolar Clearinghouse website at AGRISOLARCLEARINGHOUSE.ORG.

In this webinar, Heidi Kolbeck-Urlacher from the the Center for Rural Affairs, Alexis Pascaris from Agrisolar Consulting, and Allison Jackson from the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center discuss policy approaches for dual-use and agrisolar practices.

Join the AgriSolar Clearinghouse team for our webinar series with this round-table discussion featuring innovative solar designers Helical Solar, Sun Agri, Hyperion, Sandbox Solar, Solargik, RUTE Agrivoltaics, Soliculture, Stracker Solar, Taka Solar, and Sunstall!

In this webinar, Lee Walston and Heidi Hartmann from Argonne National Laboratory discuss the ecosystem services of solar-pollinator habitats.

 

In this AgriSolar Clearinghouse webinar, Dr. Greg Barron-Gafford discusses the effects of growing crops under solar panels.

The AgriSolar webinar series continues in March. Sign up for these free webinars, here.

In this first episode of the AgriSolar Clearinghouse webinar series, NREL’s Jordan Macknick, James McCall, and Haley Paterson join us to discuss the context and costs of agrivoltaics in the United States.

For this November teatime, we were excited to have Tyler Swanson and Jessica Guarino from the University of Illinois join us to discuss the latest on agrivoltaic regulations (check out their discussion of zoning, for example), solar grazing contracts, the economic considerations around grazing, and best practices from the targeted grazing industry that solar graziers can use for insight when developing contractual agreements. Much of the discussion revolved around issues concerning farmland becoming solar sites and the local conflicts that can create.

We had a very interesting discussion during the Q&A, where graziers dug into issues surrounding scaling up solar grazing, expanding agrivoltaics into crop production, and optimizing land-use for grazing at solar sites.

This Teatime was hosted by Kevin Richardson of the American Solar Grazing Association and Dr. Stacie Peterson of the AgriSolar Clearinghouse.

In November, Sabrina Portner from the University of Minnesota presented on her exciting research into growing 14 different forage and grain crops at three different solar sites. The forages and grain were grown in the context of feeding them to the research farm dairy herd. Sabrina and her team looked at how different shade levels affected each crop’s biomass production, as well as the nutritional value of the crops.

This research addresses an important issue: as land availability pressures increase, especially with the expansion of solar in rural areas, the sustainable intensification of agriculture and the need for combining solar sites with agricultural production become more imperative. Their research works towards both goals of food production and clean energy production while providing flexible economic opportunities to farmers.

This Teatime was hosted by Kevin Richardson of the American Solar Grazing Association and Victorian Smart of the AgriSolar Clearinghouse.