“Agrovoltaics” refers to the practice of combining agriculture with solar energy production on the same area of land. Essentially, it involves the co-located use of land for both agriculture and solar photovoltaic power. This approach allows for the dual use of the land, maximizing its productivity.
Agrovoltaics systems can take various forms, such as placing solar panels above crops, creating a sort of “solar canopy” that provides shade for the plants. This dual-use approach can lead to increased land use efficiency, as the same piece of land can contribute to both food production and renewable energy generation. It also has the potential to mitigate some of the challenges associated with large-scale solar projects, such as land use conflicts.
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