OSU Study: Installing Solar Panels On Ag Lands Improves Efficiency, Could Meet Global Electricity Demand

August 8th, 2019

The most productive places on Earth for solar power are farmlands, according to an Oregon State University study. The study, published this week in the journal Scientific Reports, finds that if less than 1% of agricultural land was converted to solar panels, it would be sufficient to fulfill global electric energy demand. The concept of co-developing the same area of land for both solar photovoltaic power and conventional agriculture is known as agrivoltaics.