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Topic Title: Farming beneath solar panels.
Topic Summary: May be the next thing.
Created On: 11/14/2021 07:12 AM
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 11/14/2021 07:12 AM
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johnnyboy

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https://www.npr.org/2021/11/14/1054942590/solar-energy-colorado-garden-farm-land

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 11/15/2021 04:27 AM
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crankit

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Irrigation, sun shielding and heat loading might have an effect on normal growth?

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 11/15/2021 04:43 AM
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Cole

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Maybe try reading it.

But he soon discovered that the shade from the towering panels above the soil actually helped the plants thrive. That intermittent shade also meant a lot less evaporation of coveted irrigation water. And in turn the evaporation actually helped keep the sun-baked solar panels cooler, making them more efficient.

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 11/15/2021 05:50 AM
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I remember reading about solar panels on a thread here years ago where 3rdworldlover pointed out that using arable land to put down panels was a needless sacrifice when all of our roofs can already collect sunlight and never grow food. Turns out the shade is good. 50% less water!

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 11/15/2021 11:48 AM
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crankit

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Not much sun gets through the solar farm near here to the ground, all depends what's growing.

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 11/16/2021 07:47 AM
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SlimyBritches

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Can grow farm under wind turbines because of the cancer threat.
 11/16/2021 02:11 PM
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StirfryMcflurry

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It's better if ya do it...in space think "Silent Running".................

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 11/23/2021 03:08 PM
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tpapablo

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Whether that will work or not depends on a lot of things.Type of crop, type of irrigation system, distance between rows of panels, weed control method. It's hard enough to grow things without that complication. But worth looking into.

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 11/24/2021 06:45 AM
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It's going to have to be perfected bc it's the most likely way to accomplish both goals.

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 11/24/2021 07:42 AM
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Cole

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There needs to be solid tax deductions for multi use too.

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 11/25/2021 07:19 AM
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johnnyboy

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FPL took out their huge oil tanks in West Palm Beach just west of I95 and replaced it with solar panels. I think it's a very visual high profile effort but it's a start.

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