Given that land and climatic conditions suitable for agriculture are finite, solar development may compete with agricultural land use. One use converts sunlight and fertilizer into food and fiber, while the other converts sunlight into electricity. The purpose of this paper is to explore the extent to which solar photovoltaic facilities and agricultural production compete for land use, as well as the extent to which agricultural production is affected by solar development.
Balancing Agricultural Productivity with Ground-Based Solar Photovoltaic Development
N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center
Raleigh, NC: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University
August 01, 2017
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