This project not only produces renewable energy, but it also has the potential to increase the yield of the cranberry harvest. The project team is monitoring the impact of the shade on the cranberry plants and the water in the bog, and they plan to use the results to inform future agrivoltaic projects.
Another example of agrivoltaics in Massachusetts is the Solar Agroforestry project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This project is testing the use of solar panels mounted on stilts above crops of hazelnuts, elderberries, and other perennial crops. The solar panels provide shade to the crops, which can help reduce water usage and increase yields.
In general, agrivoltaics in Massachusetts is still in the early stages, but it has the potential to be a modest contributor to the state's clean energy goals while also providing benefits to agriculture. As research continues and more projects are implemented, it is likely that agrivoltaics will become an increasingly popular practice in Massachusetts and beyond.