InSPIRE/low impact/agricultural/policies and incentives
Low-Impact Development Strategies
Policies and Incentives
Very few policies and incentives exist currently for the co-location of solar and agriculture.
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has established the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, which supports agricultural co-location through what it calls “dual-use.” In the state of Massachusetts, specific kinds of dual-use systems are known as “Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Units,” and can qualify for financial incentives under the SMART program. In these systems, every square foot of land possible must be maintained in continuous agricultural production. The SMART regulation can be found on the MA DOER website. More detail from the UMass Clean Energy Extension: https://ag.umass.edu/clean-energy/fact-sheets/dual-use-agriculture-solar-photovoltaics.