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A First Investigation of Agriculture Sector Perspectives on the Opportunities and Barriers for Agrivoltaics

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Department of Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
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Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
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School of Electrical Engineering, Aalto University, Aalto, 02150 Espoo, Finland
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Agronomy 2020, 10(12), 1885; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10121885
Received: 21 October 2020 / Revised: 11 November 2020 / Accepted: 24 November 2020 / Published: 28 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Photovoltaics and Electrification in Agriculture)
Agrivoltaic systems are a strategic and innovative approach to combine solar photovoltaic (PV)-based renewable energy generation with agricultural production. Recognizing the fundamental importance of farmer adoption in the successful diffusion of the agrivoltaic innovation, this study investigates agriculture sector experts’ perceptions on the opportunities and barriers to dual land-use systems. Using in-depth, semistructured interviews, this study conducts a first study to identify challenges to farmer adoption of agrivoltaics and address them by responding to societal concerns. Results indicate that participants see potential benefits for themselves in combined solar and agriculture technology. The identified barriers to adoption of agrivoltaics, however, include: (i) desired certainty of long-term land productivity, (ii) market potential, (iii) just compensation and (iv) a need for predesigned system flexibility to accommodate different scales, types of operations, and changing farming practices. The identified concerns in this study can be used to refine the technology to increase adoption among farmers and to translate the potential of agrivoltaics to address the competition for land between solar PV and agriculture into changes in solar siting, farming practice, and land-use decision-making. View Full-Text
Keywords: agrivoltaics; solar energy; agriculture; energy innovation; technology adoption; photovoltaics agrivoltaics; solar energy; agriculture; energy innovation; technology adoption; photovoltaics
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Pascaris, A.S.; Schelly, C.; Pearce, J.M. A First Investigation of Agriculture Sector Perspectives on the Opportunities and Barriers for Agrivoltaics. Agronomy 2020, 10, 1885. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10121885

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Pascaris AS, Schelly C, Pearce JM. A First Investigation of Agriculture Sector Perspectives on the Opportunities and Barriers for Agrivoltaics. Agronomy. 2020; 10(12):1885. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10121885

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Pascaris, Alexis S., Chelsea Schelly, and Joshua M. Pearce. 2020. "A First Investigation of Agriculture Sector Perspectives on the Opportunities and Barriers for Agrivoltaics" Agronomy 10, no. 12: 1885. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10121885

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