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BlueWave Solar evaluates agrivoltaics as part of its community solar offer in New England

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July 20, 2020
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The company claims to have a pipeline of 10 agrivoltaic (i.e., co-location of solar modules and agricultural crops) projects in Massachusetts. In this case, agrivoltaic systems are not only an additional revenue stream for farmers but also help optimize the use of land, energy, and water, as agricultural land unlocks new sites for solar power generation, and less water is evaporated due to the modules' cast shadow on the crops. In turn, this configuration can boost crop production. This value proposition is particularly interesting in New England, where only about 10% of the food demand is covered by local resources – making the region vulnerable to disruptions in the food supply chain. 

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