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Keywords Food, Agriculture, Energy, Solar
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG07 Affordable and clean energy
Authors Tom Stanton
Pedro Kracht
Published 2021
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
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Agrivoltaics or agrophotovoltaics is co-developing the same area of land for both solar photovoltaic power as well as for agriculture.[1] The coexistence of solar panels and crops implies a sharing of light between these two types of production.[2] It can be defined as the practice of integrating solar photovoltaics with agricultural practices, for siting photovoltaic production systems on or adjacent to cropland or grazing land. It implies the symbiotic co-production of both agricultural goods and solar energy, with the intent of optimizing the combined outputs. An Ontario company calls Agrivoltaics "a perfect combination of solar panels and plants on farmland... to generate crops and energy simultaneously and without conflict." Agrivoltaics can be thought of as the scientifically planned companion planting of solar energy production and agricultural production.

This page introduces the topic and is intended to help users to find specific content based on geographic focus, climate type, crop or animal production type, and other factors.

  • By geography: Japan, Netherlands, Philippines,
  • By crop type -- plants, animals:
    • Plant type listings, one by one, linked to research
    • Animal grazing type listings, one by one, linked to research: sheep, cows, goats
  • Other specialty agrivoltaic opportunities, linked to research and case studies: greenhouses, aquaculture, hydroponics

Where does agrivoltaics fit within the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

Where does agrivoltaics fit within the context of the Pattern Language for a Conservation Economy and Reliable Prosperity?

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  1. Dinesh, Harshavardhan; Pearce, Joshua M. (2016). "The potential of agrivoltaic systems". Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 54: 299–308. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2015.10.024.
  2. "A New Vision for Farming: Chickens, Sheep, and ... Solar Panels" (in en). 2020-04-28. Retrieved 2020-07-19.