Impacts and opportunities from large‐scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation on agricultural production

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Journal Article: Impacts and opportunities from large‐scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation on agricultural production

Abstract

With large‐scale solar photovoltaics in Australia experiencing unprecedented levels of investment, now is a unique opportunity for the national economy and for the communities in regional Australia. Environmental impacts are minimal and community benefits can accrue from both large‐ and utility‐scale solar projects, such as jobs and regional investment. But there are questions for the agricultural sector to consider as these opportunities open up: To what extent is the concern of energy generation versus food production warranted? Should large‐scale solar power stations even be built on agricultural land?

The author uses a case study from the Central West of New South Wales (NSW) to explore these issues as well as briefly reviewing critical research into the international development of agrivoltaics.

Author 
Turlough F. Guerin






Published Journal 
Environmental Quality Management, 2019



DOI 
https://doi.org/10.1002/tqem.21629

Online 
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Citation

Turlough F. Guerin. 2019. Impacts and opportunities from large‐scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation on agricultural production. Environmental Quality Management. 28(4):7-14.