OT? - Crops under solar panels

Maybe one for Harry's allotment? <https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/crops-under-solar-panels-can-be-a-win-win/
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On Fri, 6 Sep 2019 08:07:54 +0100, Jeff Layman

Awful lot of unused space down to grass between the rows of panels. If they did it properly they'd plant something there.
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On 06/09/2019 09:33, Chris Hogg wrote:

not enough sunlight.
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On 06/09/2019 10:14, The Natural Philosopher wrote:

I think they wanted distinct plots for the experiment - hence the very wide space between them.

The idea is that some crops benefit from the shade from the panels, particularly in arid areas. Probably wouldn't work in the UK, but the experiment described in the article was in the US South West.
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On 06/09/2019 09:33, Chris Hogg wrote:

Possibly a problem with harvesting to make it commercially viable.
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In this country the farmers graze sheep on their solar farms. In this way they can farm the solar energy subsidies while telling HMRC that the land is still in agricultural use and is thus exempt from inheritance tax. They'd even claim the single farm payment on it as well if they could, but that did get stopped AIUI.
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Mushrooms? Brian
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On 06/09/2019 09:33, Chris Hogg wrote:

Around here, they graze sheep on the grass between the panels.
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On 06/09/2019 09:33, Chris Hogg wrote:

Sheep
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On Friday, 6 September 2019 08:07:56 UTC+1, Jeff Layman wrote:

A single row of widely spaced panels is not shading much. I can't think of a single crop that would benefit from shading in the UK
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apparently tea plants like to be shaded
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wrote:

Some camellias do better in light shade, but apparently not Camellia sinensis, as witnessed by these tea plantations http://tinyurl.com/y3etxegp
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On 06/09/2019 16:47, Chris Hogg wrote:

Why would anyone have a single row of widely spaced solar panels?
You are trying to capture ALL the sunlight in your precious land area, leaving none for crops.
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On Friday, 6 September 2019 18:56:33 UTC+1, The Natural Philosopher wrote:

Which is why the best place for them is on roofs.
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On 08/09/2019 07:22, harry wrote:

But not in the UK, anywhere
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On Tuesday, 10 September 2019 17:42:17 UTC+1, Andrew wrote:

They work perfectly well in the UK
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On 10/09/2019 18:34, harry wrote:

Nope. Uneconomic without subsidy bribes.
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the one in Manston village has sheep roaming alongside
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