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Agrivoltaics Align with Green New Deal Goals While Supporting Investment in the US’ Rural Economy

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Water Resources Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
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Biological and Ecological Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
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Discipline of Biosciences and Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Indore, Khandwa Road, Simrol, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 453552, India
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Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 137; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13010137
Received: 16 November 2020 / Revised: 20 December 2020 / Accepted: 22 December 2020 / Published: 25 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Supply Chain Management for Sustainable Agribusiness)
Agrivoltaic systems combine solar photovoltaic energy production with agriculture to improve land-use efficiency. We provide an upper-bound reduced-order cost estimate for widespread implementation of Agrivoltaic systems in the United States. We find that 20% of the US’ total electricity generation can be met with Agrivoltaic systems if less than 1% of the annual US budget is invested into rural infrastructure. Simultaneously, Agrivoltaic systems align well with existing Green New Deal goals. Widescale installation of Agrivoltaic systems can lead to a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction equivalent to removing 71,000 cars from the road annually and the creation of over 100,000 jobs in rural communities. Agrivoltaics provide a rare chance for true synergy: more food, more energy, lower water demand, lower carbon emissions, and more prosperous rural communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: Agrivoltaics; agriculture; photovoltaics; Green New Deal; agrophotovoltaics; food-energy-water nexus Agrivoltaics; agriculture; photovoltaics; Green New Deal; agrophotovoltaics; food-energy-water nexus
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Proctor, K.W.; Murthy, G.S.; Higgins, C.W. Agrivoltaics Align with Green New Deal Goals While Supporting Investment in the US’ Rural Economy. Sustainability 2021, 13, 137. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13010137

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Proctor KW, Murthy GS, Higgins CW. Agrivoltaics Align with Green New Deal Goals While Supporting Investment in the US’ Rural Economy. Sustainability. 2021; 13(1):137. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13010137

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Proctor, Kyle W., Ganti S. Murthy, and Chad W. Higgins 2021. "Agrivoltaics Align with Green New Deal Goals While Supporting Investment in the US’ Rural Economy" Sustainability 13, no. 1: 137. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13010137

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