Solar Farming is Coming Near You
Solar farming is coming back and Minnesota is putting the farm back in solar farms. Researchers are testing the potential of a pollinator-friendly habitat.
There are a total of 15 locations that will be a part of this research. The National Renewable energy Laboratory (NREL) is going to plant vegetation at three different solar installation locations in Minnesota. NREL predicts that about 3 million acres are going to be a solar farm by 2030 and then 6 million by 2050.
In Minnesota, researchers are planning to test vegetation on three different 1-acre plots. One of the acres is going to devote itself to praising plants and grasses. Another is going to be a pollinator-friendly habitat while the last acre will be a mix of agricultural crops.
In other states, researchers are able to grow a variety of plants. Those plants include beans, kale, squash, melon, lettuce, peppers, and broccoli. To conclude, all of these plants are all being grown under or near solar panels.