Sunday, October 25, 2009

Solar and Agriculture: Double Cropping Energy and Food

This is pretty cool...

(A new solar power) plant, which got the go ahead from funders only a few days ago, will cover approximately one acre of productive, organic farmland and will be designed from the outset to enhance cultivation as best it can—double cropping solar with food. From protecting tomatoes from rain (tomatoes do better if only their roots are fed), through shading cooler weather crops like salad and arugula as our climate heats up, to providing support for trellises and other crop infrastructure, the idea is to find ways that we can grow food and harvest energy as symbiotically as possible.

I'm not sure how scalable this approach is, but I love the out-of-the-box thinking...

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1 comment:

  1. That's a pretty cool idea. Maximizing space and energy is always a good thing