Rhode Island has a diverse range of agricultural products, including shellfish, dairy, eggs, fruits, and vegetables. One of the state's largest crops is sweet corn, which is grown on around 1,500 acres of land. Agrivoltaics could be particularly well-suited to sweet corn cultivation, as the shade provided by the solar panels can help to prevent sunscald, a condition that can cause significant yield losses in corn crops.
Agrivoltaics can also be beneficial for other crops, such as tomatoes, peppers, and berries. By reducing evaporation and temperature, the shade provided by the solar panels can help to conserve water and reduce irrigation needs, which can be especially critical during drought periods. Furthermore, the reduced exposure to direct sunlight can help to reduce heat stress on plants, which can improve their overall health and yield.