Farmland best place for solar farms, OSU study says

Researchers said they found if less than 1% of agricultural land was converted to solar panels, it would fulfill the global electric energy demand.

Posted: Aug 13, 2019 5:01 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The most productive place for solar farms is farmland, according to a new study from the Oregon State University.

Researchers said they found if less than 1% of agricultural land was converted to solar panels, it would fulfill the global electric energy demand.

The concept of combining solar power and agriculture on the same land is called agrivoltaics.

Researchers also found it could increase crop yields.

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