Graduate student Emily Mather is part of a team looking to maximize agricultural land by making space for solar panels.

In 2021, Wisconsin reported having 14.2 million acres of farmland. What if all that land could be used to mitigate climate change? Emily Mather, a graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, is trying to find the answer. As part of the UW–Madison Agrivoltaics Project, Mather and a team of researchers are positioning solar panels between or above agricultural activities like growing crops or grazing animals. The goal is to increase the productivity of land by harvesting crops and creating renewable energy at the same time.

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