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This Maine Farm Is Harvesting the Sun’s Power while it Picks the Blueberries

Teresa L. Carey writes in Scientific American on a Maine blueberry farm that is embracing solar power.

The C3 Take
  • Sweetland, a low bush blueberry farm in Maine, is putting solar panels on 12 of its 30 acres.
  •  Agrivoltaics, which is the practice of putting solar energy on productive agriculture land, has been growing in the United States.
  • Farmers see it as a way to potentially save money on energy while increasing sustainability.
  • Farmers and ranchers are our first environmentalists. To reduce emissions in a meaningful way we will need their innovation and leadership.

“Sweetland farms Maine’s lowbush blueberries – the tiny wild berries the state is famous for. In fact, Maine is the only state in the country where wild blueberries are commercially harvested. You can buy them in grocery stores from Hawaii, to Texas, to Alaska. They’re about half the size of conventional blueberries, but with twice the antioxidants and even more flavor.”

Read the full article here.

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