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Agrivoltaics

Introduction to Agrivoltaics - Self Study

by Byron Kominek • Last updated 05/2022

4.6/5 (view ratings)
306 students
2 modules
32 minutes
11 assignments

Course description

How to maximize the impact of solar with responsible land management practices.

With lofty clean energy goals cropping up across the United States and the world, communities are looking for ways to maximize the benefits of solar energy deployment in their locale. The co-location of solar and beneficial agriculture, or agrivoltaics, is a growing field within solar development.

In this introductory agrivoltaics course, Byron Kominek, founder of Jack's Solar Garden and co-founder of the Colorado Agrivoltaics Learning Center, joins us to explain the benefits of responsible land management practices for community solar gardens. Jack's Solar Garden is the largest commercially active agrivoltaics system researching a variety of crop and vegetation growth under solar panels not just in Colorado, but in the US!

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Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • • Define agrivoltaics
  • • Describe the key considerations when exploring agrivoltaic projects
  • • Examine the benefits of co-locating agriculture and solar
  • • Gain an understanding of what is possible within an agrivoltaic project

Full course outline

Module 1 - Agrivoltaics with Bryon of Jack's Solar Garden

Learn about the basics of agrivoltaics, Jack's Solar Garden, and the Colorado Agrivoltaics Learning Center.

  • Agrivoltaics at Jack's Solar Garden (32:10 minutes)
  • Jack's Solar Garden
  • Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center
Module 2 - Learn More about Agrivoltaics

Read on for more resources on agrivoltaics.

  • AgriVoltaics Conference
  • AgriSolar Clearinghouse
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
  • American Solar Grazing Association (ASGA)
  • The potential of agrivoltaic systems (.pdf)

Author

Byron Kominek

Jack's Solar Garden

Byron Kominek is the owner and manager of Jack's Solar Garden, a 1.2 MW community solar garden showcasing how to integrate crops, people, pollinators, and research into one site. Byron also leads the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center based at Jack's Solar Garden to provide educational opportunities to students, community members, and policymakers. Byron is not a... Learn more

Ratings

4.6
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306 students have taken this course

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by Muhammad Naeem Akhtar 08/29/2022

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by Xavier Muldrow 08/05/2022

It was a great

by GARY ARAUJO 06/27/2022

I THANK THE MANAGEMENT OF HEATSPRING FOR OFFERING INTRODUCTION COURSES AND TRAINING ON ENERGY AND FOOD SUSTAINABILITY.

by Calvin Horton, Design Engineer, Holt Renewables 06/27/2022

Agrivoltaics is the future of sustainable land use and this course really helped create a baseline on the benefits of the technology's application as well as present several road blocks that may present themselves.

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