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Crops under solar panels can be a win-win

arstechnica.com
  • Growing crops under solar panels can be beneficial for the plants, new study shows.
  • Test included three plots -- one with solars, one with cherry tomatoes, jalapeños and chiltepin peppers, and one that combined both solars and plants.
  • The peppers and tomatoes yielded better crops, and showed better growth and water-use efficiency in the combined plots.
  • Jalapeños produced slightly less, but used 65% less water in combined plots.
  • This shows that solars don’t have to compete for land with agriculture, and combining them in the right way could actually be beneficial for both.

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