As climate change stresses water and crops, adding solar panels could help
Climate change is creating water challenges; it’s also making it tougher for farmers to efficiently grow certain crops. But a new $10 million federal grant is looking into one potential solution for both issues: agrivoltaics, or essentially, putting solar panels up over farmland.
Greg Barron-Gafford is a professor in the School of Geography, Development and Environment at the University of Arizona; he also works with Biosphere 2 and is the physical science lead on this project.
The Show spoke with him and started the conversation by asking about the relationship between solar energy and agriculture.