ASTRO: Facilitating Advancements in Low-Impact Solar Research, Deployment, and Dissemination

Rob Davis, Jordan Macknick

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) InSPIRE project evaluates opportunities for cost reductions and assesses the environmental compatibility of solar energy technologies through low environmental impact designs and approaches. To achieve the project's aim, DOE brings together researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, universities, local governments, environmental groups, and solar industry partners to conduct field-based research complemented by foundational analytical studies. The Agriculture and Solar Together: Research Opportunities (ASTRO) advisory group members come from across the United States and represent leading solar industry partners, state agencies, vegetation management companies, and other organizations focused on research, food and agriculture, and the environment. The ASTRO group of engaged advisors is a complementary combination of organizations creating positive feedback loops that spark and solidify new connections, accelerate information dissemination, and magnify the impact of the InSPIRE project and associated low-impact solar research initiatives.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages36
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-83442


  • agrivoltaics
  • environment
  • solar


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