The Potential of Agrivoltaics: Research to Real Life

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Online Registration required
Catherine Stephens
301 405 9378
csteph5@umd.edu

Webinar description Agrivoltaics are the synergistic combination of solar photovoltaic power plants with agricultural uses, such as crop production and grazing.  In addition to providing improvements to agricultural and energy production, agrivoltaics help reduce water consumption and improve soil health.   Agrivoltaic farms are literal representations of the food, water, energy nexus.  While agrivoltaics have been adopted much more widely in Europe and Japan, researchers and practitioners in the US are exploring ways to leverage the benefits of this practice and increase deployment.

Key takeaways:    An understanding of agrivoltaic applications and their benefits, as well as the barriers facing farmers and developers in deploying agrivoltaic practices in

Objective:  Educate attendees about benefits of agrivoltaics and next steps to remove barriers to adoption and increase deployment

Audience:  Policy makers, energy developers, agricultural community, research community

Original air date:  September 22, 2021 (webinar will be recorded for later viewing)

Webinar time:       10:00 – 11:00am MT / 11:00am – Noon CT (one hour live virtual event)

Cost:  Free of charge but everyone must register using this link.  You will then be sent a link to webinar.

Co-Hosts:

  • Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (An energy research partnership since 2007 between University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and National Renewable Energy Lab)
  • Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center (CALC)
  • Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES)

Webinar host and for more info:   Maury Dobbie, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory
970-682-5707 (cell/text)   Maury.Dobbie@ColoradoCollaboratory.org

Moderator:  Jordan Macknick, Lead Energy-Water-Land Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Panelists: 

Jennifer Bousselot, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Colorado State University
Byron Kominick, Executive Director, Colorado Agrivoltaic Research Center (CALC)
Alan Knapp, Professor of Biology, Colorado State University
Greg Barron-Gafford, Associate Professor, Biogeography & Ecosystem Science, University of Arizona

Audience: Public 

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