Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy - primarily from the wavelengths of light that plants don't use for photosynthesis.
The Nebraska-based business FarmAfield recently made headlines by winning a $200,000 federal grant to explore the feasibility of PV-integrated shade structures for cattle feedlots.
This solar array, located in Kobe City, Kobe, has taken into account both agriculture and a historical feature of the site…
The ground-mounted system installed by JKB Energy located in Kettleman City, California, is the second largest net-metered solar project in PG&E territory and has a projected annual savings of $435,490
Matt Hickman for Mother Nature Network: Seawater is pumped to the greenhouse installation where its used to cool and humidify the hot desert air drawn into the structures growing area using fans before going through an evaporation process that distills saltwater
Farming operations like Zoltenko can save a lot of money with agricultural solar energy systems. In this case, the expected return on investment should be just under 7 years, and the remaining life of the system will then provide an additional 18 years of cost savings.
Steve Gillman for Horizon: Rising populations and climate change are putting pressure on the water needed for agriculture but a solar-powered irrigation system may reduce the amount that farmers use - while simultaneously slashing the sectors greenhouse gas emissions.
Karen Graham for Digital Journal: An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project conducted at Lake Constance has proven that farming and the use of solar panels can be compatible.
Brian Spaen for GreenMatters: Theyll be farming in solar-powered greenhouses and vertical farms in densely-populated locations. This will bring in fresh crops to the community, adding to the great quality of life theyre hoping to achieve through its other sectors.
Steve Hanley for CleanTechnica: It plans to grow the equivalent of 660 outdoor acres worth of crops in less than 100,000 sq feet. "The panels are already installed and turned on, now were building out the farm.
Fran Ryan for The Recoder: The farm at the University of Massachusetts Crop and Animal Research and Education Center on North River Road in South Deerfield is offering proof that solar arrays and agriculture dont have to be at odds, but can actually exist together within the same field.
Nikkei Asian Review: The business model would strip away the hurdles farmers currently face when trying to enter commercial solar power generation. They would be able to secure enough electricity for their own needs and have a surplus from which to gain an additional source of income.
Inspired by sunflowers and other phototropic plants that follow the sun across the horizon, the SmartFlower wakes up at sunrise, fans out its twelve solar "petals" to 194 square feet and automatically cleans itself in preparation for capturing the sun's rays.
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