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Case Study: Winston Cone Optics and Dairy Processing 

Winston Cone Optics’ installed pilot system on the roof of a dairy barn in California. By Anna Adair, NCAT Energy Program Assistant Thanks to the increase of solar photovoltaic sites in recent years, agrivoltaics has started to…

Solar Shepherd in Massachusetts: Solar Grazing 

By Allen Puckett, NCAT Technical Writer  July 2023  The Solar Shepherd provides grazing services in Brookfield, Massachusetts, with 75 sheep that graze a solar array site owned by SWEB Development, a European clean energy firm.…

Growing Green Brings Agrivoltaics to Community Gardens in Arizona 

Written for the AgriSolar Clearinghouse by Sarah Bendok, Growing Green  I am a rising sophomore at Phoenix Country Day School. Since I was young, I have always loved gardening. Every summer, I visit my grandma's village and work…
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Fact Sheet: The Economics of Solar Grazing

Solar grazing is on the rise in the United States with dozens of new operations springing up across the country. However, with all of this growth in mind, an important question remains: if a grazier wants to enter the solar grazing market,…

CBS ‘Saturday Morning’ Features AgriSolar

CBS Saturday Morning featured NCAT’s AgriSolar Clearinghouse and one of the farmers who is partnering with an energy company to graze his sheep among their solar panels during a six-minute piece that aired nationwide. Pairing farming with…
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Maces Pond: Agrisolar Wild Blueberries

By Chris Lent, NCAT Agriculture Specialist Not far from the town of Rockport, Maine, Paul Sweetland of Sweetland Farms, LLC has been tending wild blueberries since he was a young boy. On one field that he has been farming since the late 1990s,…

Case Study: Boulder Housing Partners Triangle Solar Array

The Boulder Housing Partners Triangle Solar Array is one of the first solar arrays in the Boulder, Colorado, area that is solely dedicated to offsetting energy use for low-income residents. The array is a south-facing fixed array with the leading edge of the solar panels about two feet off the ground. Construction was completed in 2021, and the array will generate over 19 GWh of solar energy in the next 10 years.

Reducing Post-Harvest Losses Through the Use of Innovative Solar-Powered Refrigeration Systems 

Written for the AgriSolar Clearinghouse by Ridge to Reefs staff Emma Verlinden, Paul Sturm, and Phal Mantha In 2017, the devastation following Hurricane Maria was catastrophic for countless coastal communities. The archipelago of Puerto…

WATCH: 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’s grown and shrunk over the years, and now is back in a period of expansion thanks to combining solar energy production with agriculture. The…

Enabling Real-Time Monitoring of Environmental Conditions and Soil Health Through the Use of Standalone Photovoltaics and Off-the-Shelf Systems

Written for the AgriSolar Clearinghouse by Ridge to Reefs staff Phal Mantha and Paul Sturm Agricultural operations, land management, and environmental projects all have a strong need for consistent monitoring and recording of field conditions…

Case Study: Cozy Cove Farm

Just outside of Gurley, Alabama, a herd of grazing llamas and alpacas find refuge from the sun underneath a solar array. Tony and Cozette O’Neil, owners of Cozy Cove Farm, have been raising the animals since 1995, shearing their fleece to make yarn and felt. Today, the O’Neils are also proud renewable energy producers for their community, thanks to the 50-kW solar system that has been generating electricity since February 2013.

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