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SURVEY: University of Illinois Study on the Economics of Solar Grazing

Sheep grazing around solar panels. Photo: Agrisolar Clearinghouse. By Tyler Swanson and Quin Karhoff The Bock Agricultural Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign is conducting a study supported by the National…

RUTE SunTracker Demonstrates Cattle-grade Agrivoltaics in Oregon 

By David McFeeters-Krone, RUTE Foundation Systems, Inc.  Solar development is exploding around the country. The Inflation Reduction Act incentives have exacerbated this trend such that the next 10 years will lead to solar developments…
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AgriSolar Podcast Ep. 3: Lexie Hain — Sheep and Solar a Match

This episode features a conversation between Stacie Peterson, NCAT’s Energy Program Director and Manager of the AgriSolar Clearinghouse, and Lexie Hain, the country’s leading solar grazing expert.   It is the third in a series…

The Illinois Agrivoltaics Regulatory and Policy Guide Analyzes State and Local Laws

Sheep grazing under solar panels. By Jessica Guarino and Tyler Swanson   The U.S. agrivoltaics industry continues to grow as the desire to pair solar energy production land uses with pollinator habitats, livestock grazing, and…

Case Study: Solar Oysters LLC

Solar panels powering the Solar Oyster Production System (SOPS) platform. By Anna Adair, NCAT Energy Program Assistant From filtering water to creating habitats for other marine species, oysters are a vital component of the Chesapeake…
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The Science of Solar-Pollinator Habitat: Fact Sheet

How current and future research can help us understand the role of pollinator-friendly solar in biodiversity conservation. AgriSolar_FactSheet_The-Science-of-Solar-Pollinator-Habitat_011823Download

Case Study: Sunzaun Vertical Solar System

By Anna Adair, NCAT Energy Program Assistant Sunstall, a California-based solar installer, is helping farmers harvest the sun twice with their new vertical solar system, known as Sunzaun. The Sunzaun vertical solar system was originally…

Agrisolar as Drought Protection  

By Asaf Maman and Avi Elkayam, Trigo Solar  Declining precipitation levels and the associated reduction in arable land can negatively impact rural communities and pose a threat to food security. While utility-scale solar projects reduce…

Case Study: Soliculture Research Greenhouse

By Anna Adair, NCAT Energy Program Assistant When it comes to conversations surrounding energy and water use in the modern world, the agricultural industry’s consumption of both is often at the forefront. As the world’s population continues…
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AgriSolar Podcast Ep. 2: Keeping Family Farms in Family Hands with AgriSolar in Massachusetts

This episode is a conversation between Stacie Peterson, NCAT’s Energy Program Director and Manager of the AgriSolar Clearinghouse, and Nate Tassinari, the owner of Million Little Sunbeams, a third-generation hay farm in Monson, Massachusetts. It…

Case Study: Mauntel’s Solar Sheep

Written By: Alex Delworth, Clean Energy Policy Associate; Center for Rural Affairs Just off the campus of Maharishi University in Fairfield Iowa, sits a 1.1-megawatt (MW) solar farm. Beneath the panels, a flock of sheep and their newborn…

Case Study: Far Niente Winery

Photo courtesy of Far Niente Winery By Anna Adair, NCAT Energy Program Assistant At Far Niente Winery, respecting the land and all it provides is just second nature. Since 1979, their winemakers have been coaxing award-winning wines out…

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