Solar panels are replacing crops and livestock on some farms
A primary sustainability goal in Washington is the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
An ag conservation group says the U.S. is losing 2,000 acres of farmland a day to development and solar panels. With federal incentives up for grabs, many farmers are choosing to add them to their land. But in a time when food is in short supply around the globe, the American Farmland Trust says producers need to be smart about how they do it.
“There are opportunities to put solar on marginal land, to put solar on ground fields. We’re unfortunately losing really good farmland under solar panels.”
The Farmland Trust says it is not against farmers putting up solar panels. The key is finding a way to grow crops and farm livestock among them.