Solar panels could be used to improve crop production, according to new research. A collaboration between the University of Sheffield, World Agroforestry, and Latia Agripreneurship Instituten based in Kajiado, Kenya, has found potential in initial tests. The project showed increased agricultural production on land where solar panels were used to provide cover for the crops.
While solar panels being used to generate electricity is not new to Kenya, the idea of using solar panels for agricultural production is. The agrivoltaics technique allows users to harvest solar energy twice. This energy is used by crops and for generating power to be used in homes.