Smart Solar Siting: Agrivoltaics in the Midwest | SCAPES

Sharing land space: See solar energy in a new way.

States are working to address climate change by setting ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse emissions. A key part of the solution is for states to expand renewable energy development, which puts our agricultural land at risk. Recent models show that preferred sites — rooftops and brownfields — will not be enough to meet future energy needs. Therefore, the siting of solar energy projects on green fields, including productive agricultural land, will be crucial for expansion. Smart solar siting happens at the state, community, and farm level. Agrivoltaics will play a key role in meeting renewable energy goals and mandates while keeping agricultural land in practice.

Agrivoltaics Presenters

  • Joel Tatum, American Farmland Trust
  • Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois Extension, 


  • Incorporating dual-use practices in the Midwest. 
  • Potential footprint of solar
  • How smart solar siting can be utilized
  • Importance of Agrivoltaic research and adoption

This webinar is hosted by the USDA-Funded SCAPES Sustainably Co-locating Agricultural and Photovoltaic Electricity Systems and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment.

If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please email the contact Dennis Bowman at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

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