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Harvesting the Sun, the Agrisolar Short Film, is Available Now!

Across the country, farmers, landowners, researchers, and solar companies are working together to harvest the sun twice: once with crops, honey, pollinators, and forage for grazing animals, and again with solar panels. This co-location…

Case Study: Alaska Agrivoltaics

Southcentral Alaska is home to the state’s first agrivoltaics project, a study that aims to uncover the best practices for harvesting from both land and sun. The research team will monitor both farmed crops and native berry plants that grow between the rows of panels at an operational solar PV array.  The solar array is situated in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, where the majority of Alaska’s farmland is located.  

Solar and Crops: Explained

In this explainer video, AgriSolar Clearinghouse Director Stacie Peterson offers up five things to know about agrisolar and crops.

Solar Grazing: Explained

In this explainer video, AgriSolar Clearinghouse Director Stacie Peterson offers up five things to know about agrisolar and grazing.

Solar Pollinator Habitat and Beekeeping: Explained

In this explainer video, AgriSolar Clearinghouse Director Stacie Peterson offers up five things to know about agrisolar and pollinator habitat and beekeeping.
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Fact Sheet: Making the Case for Crops + Solar

By Stacie Peterson, PhD, NCAT; and Heidi Kolbeck-Urlacher, Center for Rural AffairsMarch 2024 Agrisolar practices, also called agrivoltaics, are the co-location of agriculture and solar within the landscape. They include solar co-located…

Agrisolar Short Film Coming Soon- Watch the Trailer Now!

Coming February 27th: The Agrisolar Short Film Harvesting the Sun!
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Fact Sheet: Financial Considerations for Developing an Agrivoltaic System

By Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Centerat Jack's Solar Garden Compared to conventional solar energy developments, agrivoltaic systems may have different capital expenditures, cash flows, and risk impacts for a solar asset owner. Discussed…

Renewable Energy in Rural America: Frequently Asked Questions

This fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Energy is meant to provide background information for frequently asked questions regarding solar in rural America.

AgriVoltaics 2024 Student Design Competition

January 29, 2024  Students interested in the creative and holistic design and development of agrivoltaic systems that combine the use of solar photovoltaic power on agricultural lands are being encouraged to "Solve This Challenge"…
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How Agrisolar Helped the Cows Come Home to One Northeast Farm

For more than 150 years, Knowlton Family Farms in Grafton, Massachusetts, has been a family-owned operation. It has grown and shrunk over the years, and now it is back in a period of expansion thanks to combining solar-energy production with…

Case Study: Oregon Agrivoltaic Research Facility

Cantaloupe melons growing between rows of solar panels.  By Anna Adair, NCAT Energy Program Assistant    Just south of Portland, Oregon, researchers with Oregon State University (OSU) are putting agrisolar principles…

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