Solar Panels And Crops Can Co-Exist
Converting farmland to solar power collection does not necessarily mean the end of its use as farmland.
A growing number of farms are able to continue growing certain types of crops, on the same land occupied by solar panel arrays. And right next to each other, too.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a federal agency, monitors and assists the development of these mixed-use farms. Jordan Macknick of NREL checks in for a briefing. NREL has test plots in Medford, the Klamath Basin, and the Willamette Valley.