Agrivoltaics in the News

Agrivoltaics in Arizona
Agrivoltaics updates from Arizona under Dr. Greg Barron-Gafford in Biosphere2
Illinois hiring ecophysiology, agronomy postdocs for SCAPES
Agrivoltaics (AVs), the co-located production of solar energy and crops, is an emerging technology that can reduce competition for land, and provide climate-smart solutions…
USDA funds agrivoltaics project led by University of Illinois researchers
The US Department of Agriculture has announced it is funding a new project led by iSEE Interim Director Madhu Khanna to optimize design for “agrivoltaic systems”…
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What if…

…we harnessed the sun to strengthen food production and renewable energy, in the same place, for the benefit of all?

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We can.

Through SCAPES (Sustainably Colocating Agricultural and Photovoltaic Electricity Systems), a new project funded by the USDA, we’re researching agrivoltaic systems—fields with both crops and solar panels—in a variety of land and climate types.

Our goal? Address fundamental climate-change challenges while increasing crop production, producing renewable energy, and maximizing farm profitability.

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Actionable Research

We believe in the transformative potential for agrivoltaics. Through our interdisciplinary research, we explore how crops and panels interact, which crops benefit most, the impact on crop prices, how farms can thrive, and much more. Our aim is to maintain—or even increase—crop yield, increase the combined food and electricity productivity of land, and diversify and increase farmers’ profits with row crops, forage, and specialty crops across a range of environments.

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