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Solar on Farmland- Opportunities and Considerations in NW WA
When: Thursday, Sept 23rd, from 6:30-8pm

Speakers:
Chad Higgins Oregon State University, Biological and Ecological Engineering
Addie Candib American Farmland Trust
With special guest from Rainshadow Solar & Energy Solutions, Inc.

Moderated by Faith Van De Putte, San Juan County Agricultural Resources Committee
Hosted by WSU San Juan County Extension and SJC Agricultural Resources Committee

“Agrivoltaics provide a rare chance for true synergy: more food, more energy, lower water demand, lower carbon emissions, and more prosperous rural communities,” -Chad Higgins

In the face of climate change and development pressure, Northwest Washington needs both solar power generation and increased protection of agricultural land. Agrivoltaics are an emerging strategy that incorporates photovoltaic arrays into agricultural systems. Join us on Thursday, Sept 23rd, from 6:30-8pm via zoom to learn about the opportunities, considerations and nitty gritty details. We’ll take a look at some pros and cons of adding solar to a farm operation, offer some considerations for where and when to site solar on a farm, and discuss what to include in your decision making tree as you think about adding solar arrays to your farm or land. We’ll also hear about the impact of solar on agricultural ecosystems, the opportunities it provides, and a brief overview of the costs of installation and incentives that are available. Pre-registration is required. This presentation is geared toward farmers and agricultural land owners, although all are welcome.

Reach out with any questions: WSU Extension Ag Program Coordinator, Kate Mikulak, kathryn.mikulak@wsu.edu, 360-370-7664

Sep 23, 2021 06:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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