Agrivoltaics: Solar Panels Bring Life to Struggling Farms | NowThis



These solar panels are breathing new life into farms struggling amid trade wars, high commodity prices, and the climate crisis.
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29 comments

  1. Can you make custom shapes for solar panels for example could an strawberry farmer make a strawberry shaped panel to attract tourists to the business? (Only for the front row – the rest would be regular for practicality)

  2. It turns out that combining agriculture and solar panels is more complex than it first looks, but the resulting benefits are also more than you might have thought.

  3. The panels are comprised of toxic materials made to bake in the sun, so letting the toxic (lead and plastics) panel drip directly into the plant is scary and sad to see. The opportunities for the technology is very beautiful. The current panels are toxic and not at all a green product until waste can be overcome, (toxic bonded layers that can't be separated and recycled). I love the idea, but so far, it's only as revolutionary as big agriculture in the last 50 yrs, (scary, end of all life greedy tunnel vision). Solar has great possibilities, someday.

  4. It’s good to see how solar energy works but it’s also good to know where the materials used to build them are coming from and in which condition we’re getting them
    Drcongo provides 60% of the world materials used for solar energy including electrical transportation
    But in which condition we get those materials?
    Millions of people already died from conflicts caused by army groups sponsored by multinational companies with complicity of the so called powerful nations
    Are we going to stay quiet and let those innocent people being killed just because we want to drive a nice car or having electricity in house ?
    We all concerned about what it’s going on right now in east of Congo
    Take time to think how you love your family and the pain you would have you to loose your love one
    Me and you we can give hope to those people who have been rejected and killed for no reason
    Thanks ..

  5. Stopped by Jack's just yesterday. Jazzed about progress, momentum. Very proud of Byron and his dedication, tenacity.

  6. My man! you wanna make even more money, then make a youtube channel showing your progress on the farm, and how you do stuff!

  7. This technology would amazing for the sahel region in Africa – the area where climate change is forcing people to migrate, as they can’t rely on agriculture any more – they also don’t have power – softening the suns intensity there while applying regenerational/permaculture methods, would be incredible (in my opinion)

  8. Seems crazy if anyone would enforce a code to deny farmers the option of shading their crops when needed – even if they make a profit from the solar cells incidentally.

  9. I don't see photovoltaic systems as green at all because there's so much high tech involved, it will never pay for itself, or better said, break even, before the panels need to be changed and new ones purchased. The subsidies will be paid with taxpayers's money and bank loans. It's another pipe dream to make farmers get into debt. If anyone makes money with this, it will be the bankers again.

  10. I'm all for putting solar panels on unproductive or unused farmland, but I don't know of many food crops that do better in the shade. This idea sounds like wishful thinking or just propaganda. Try planting a garden in the shade and see what happens.

  11. If we cover large areas with dark panels, more of the sun's energy will be absorbed instead of being reflected back into space. Solar panels could end up exacerbating the warming of the planet.

  12. One of the other things that this does is keep the solar panels cool helping them to work more efficiently 🤠🌵

  13. There is a type of solar panel which pulls moisture out of air. The SOURCE hydropanel can potentially create water for agriculture, though I suspect it would be far too expensive for such a setting.

  14. Awesome, every farmer should have this as at least a possibility. Its smart, helps food production, makes clean renewable energy and provides a decent income for the farmer… heck with sheep, goats and pigs you could rear them under shade as well….. I cant see a downside.

  15. The changing environment is a very complex problem and includes major reductions in the water table due to increasing uses by the Megalopolises and large cities the are incredible users and wasters of water. Very large cities (megalopolises) such as Los Angeles have continued to demand more and more water from the watershed areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains runoff and have demanded more water from the Colorado system of Lake Meade. That water takes from the water needed by the farms that produce the food that supplies the city and its millions. When water is this scarce and getting more so it behooves us to discontinue as much wastage as possible such as watering lawns in desert communities etc. The farming areas could benefit from subsurface irrigation to limit the loss of water from surface irrigation. There was some studies that showed the use of very large arrays of solar panels could change the surface temperatures in the Sahara and increase rainfall in the areas over a period of time and return the area to the temperate climate it enjoyed several thousand years ago. Lots of possibilities to be examined and perhaps adopted,.

  16. Great news. And we need to support farmers (all over the world), they are literally the life line of our civilization.

  17. Might want to ask a real farmer how many crops actually grow in the shade, or how realistic harvesting crops would be while driving a tractor through a solar array. This is a quaint idea for quaint market gardens.

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