It’s been a little while since we last heard an update on NREL’s (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) agrivoltaics research programs and tools.
For our July webinar, we’re pleased to be joined by Jordan Macknick and James McCall who will provide an overview of their agrivoltaics research through the InSPIRE project, with a focus on their work on the agrivoltaics costs.
Jordan and James will discuss several useful tools for solar graziers: their new agrivoltaics map, the agrivoltaics financial calculator, and their comparative research into O&M costs for different types of groundcovers.
You can learn more about the results of NREL’s agrivoltaics research by checking out their recent publication, “The 5 Cs of Agrivoltaic Success Factors in the United States: Lessons From the InSPIRE Research Study."
About the Speakers
James McCall is a senior analyst at NREL who specializes in modeling the economic and environmental tradeoffs of agrivoltaics and renewable energy projects. His areas of interest include dual-land use solar configurations, energy-water-food nexus, land use change impacts, and renewable energy siting and economic modeling.
Jordan Macknick is the Lead Energy-Water-Land Analyst for NREL. He is a member of the Strategic Energy Analysis Center's Systems Modeling team within the Resources and Sustainability Group. His primary work addresses the environmental impacts of energy technologies, while seeking opportunities for energy and ecological synergies.
In his energy-water-land leadership capacity, Macknick analyzes national and regional implications of different energy pathways in the context of water and land resources, evaluates opportunities to improve the energy management of water infrastructure, and explores innovative approaches to co-locating solar and agricultural activities.