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Solar saffron experiment could pave the path to more dual-use farms
by Billy Ludt

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11 February 2019

On 11 February 2019 Solar Power World reported: Solar modules take a note from plant life, following a similar pattern of absorbing sunlight, processing it and producing energy (or in a plant's case, creating nutrients that are consumed and converted into energy). Now, solar companies are pairing the photo-cousins to explore better land use practices and the possible benefits of growing crops under or near solar panels. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

The Center for Saffron Research and Development at the University of Vermont (UVM) started growing the lucrative crop of its namesake underneath solar panels about a year ago . . .

'Our hope is that we can show that the land is still agriculture and we can create a viable crop and bring a market and be able to say, 'No, this has not taken the land out of agricultural use,'' [Steve Yates, project director at local solar EPC Peck Solar] said. 'It's keeping agriculture in use, in fact. We can double the value of this land to the farmer.'

. . . Saffron isn't the sole solar and agriculture coupling in the United States. In North Carolina, honeybee hives sit among a pollinator-friendly solar array; and sheep graze underneath raised ground mount solar panels.

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