Final Technical Report (Abbreviated) for the InSPIRE 2.0 Project

Jordan Macknick, Heidi Hartmann

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Co-locating solar projects and agriculture can provide mutual benefits to local farmers (e.g., dual revenue streams, increased yields from pollinator services, irrigation reductions) and to the solar projects (e.g., reduced timeline/costs for installation and O&M, expanded market, increased PV efficiency from a cooler, vegetated microclimate). While prior work sought to demonstrate the feasibility of agricultural co-location (or "agrivoltaic") opportunities, there is a fundamental gap in data available to developers, landowners, and state agencies that prevents widespread deployment of these mutually beneficial practices. This project addressed this gap by (1) establishing a stakeholder research working group composed of multi-sector industry leaders and academics to provide guidance and assist with outreach; (2) undertaking targeted field-based research projects evaluating solar and agriculture co-location tradeoffs; (3) conducting analysis and modeling studies that complement the field-based research; and (4) developing a data portal to consolidate all data on this topic in one location.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-85280


  • agrivoltaics
  • environment
  • solar


Dive into the research topics of 'Final Technical Report (Abbreviated) for the InSPIRE 2.0 Project'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this