Last fall, we ran an article on agrivoltaics: planting solar panels on working farm and ranch lands. Perhaps that sounded intriguing, but you weren’t certain how to pursue it? Wonder no more!
NCAT has launched the AgriSolar Clearinghouse, an online resource offering information, technical assistance, and networking for farmers and ranchers interested in agrivoltaics.
According to the website, the AgriSolar Clearinghouse will “connect farmers, developers, researchers, and the public; provide practical technical assistance; develop best practices and innovative solutions to barriers, evaluate innovative financing options, and promote sustainable agrisolar opportunities.”
The site’s information library is packed with articles, organized into topic areas like “System Design, Planning, and Analysis,” “Financial Resources,” and “Solar/Grazing.” Zooming in, the “Financial Resources” topic area is further divided into “Loans and Financing” and “Sample Contracts.”
In addition to that wealth of information, the site offers one-on-one technical consultation in the mode that has made NCAT one of the most well-known and trusted sources of farming and ranching advice in the country.
There’s also an extensive forum section, in which landowners, producers, solar developers, and researchers can connect directly with one another.
The AgriSolar Clearinghouse is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy. You can visit it at www.agrisolarclearinghouse.org.