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Authors A.S. Pascaris
C. Schelly
Joshua M. Pearce
Location Michigan, USA
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Agrivoltaic systems are a strategic and innovative approach to combine solar photovoltaic (PV)-based renewable energy generation with agricultural production. Recognizing the fundamental importance of farmer adoption in the successful diffusion of the agrivoltaic innovation, this study investigates agriculture sector experts' perceptions on the opportunities and barriers to dual land-use systems. Using in-depth, semistructured interviews, this study conducts a first study to identify challenges to farmer adoption of agrivoltaics and address them by responding to societal concerns. Results indicate that participants see potential benefits for themselves in combined solar and agriculture technology. The identified barriers to adoption of agrivoltaics, however, include: (i) desired certainty of long-term land productivity, (ii) market potential, (iii) just compensation and (iv) a need for predesigned system flexibility to accommodate different scales, types of operations, and changing farming practices. The identified concerns in this study can be used to refine the technology to increase adoption among farmers and to translate the potential of agrivoltaics to address the competition for land between solar PV and agriculture into changes in solar siting, farming practice, and land-use decision-making.

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Type Project
Keywords most completed projects and publications, agrivoltaic, agriculture, photovoltaic, farming, joint production, solar farm, economics, land use, food-energy-water nexus, sustainable agriculture, energy innovation, technology adoption, energy
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG07 Affordable and clean energy
Authors Joshua M. Pearce
Published 2020
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
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