Ag and solar: natural partners

It's time to stop thinking agriculture and solar farms are mutually exclusive and concentrate on how they work together.

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February 15, 2022 - 9:39 AM

By grazing plants under and around the panels, sheep prevent plant overgrowth that could shade the panels. (American Solar Grazing Association)

Imagine fields of solar arrays with crops growing under them, tilting up and down, depending on plant, solar and producer needs.

Imagine new agricultural industries, solar grazing and solar beekeeping, using grasses and flowering plants under and beside solar farms.

Imagine Kansas adding solar energy to its diverse agriculture and energy portfolio, not only providing economical energy and new agricultural opportunities to our state, but also the country.

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