19 Oct '11, 12pm

Solar "Double Cropping" Harvests Food & Energy on the Same Land

At the time of my last post, some readers were incredulous about the somewhat hastily thrown together photoshop graphic. But now that the panels are actually going up, and a launch date has been announced, I suspect the skeptics will be watching to see how this plays out in practice. Being built by Southern Energy Management , and located on the north field of Piedmont Biofarm, part of the Piedmont Biofuels Industrial Complex that I toured back in 2007 , the 92.16 kilowatt solar array is intended to reconcile the need for agricultural land with the demand for clean energy: "Double Cropping is a term we borrowed from the wind industry," said Lyle Estill, co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels, and originator of the project. "We intend to demonstrate the ability to make electricity and grow food in the same space at the same time." Estill noted that in some jurisdictions, solar ins...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/solar-double-crop...

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