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As climate change stresses water and crops, adding solar panels could help

Climate change is creating water challenges; it’s also making it tougher for farmers to efficiently grow certain crops. But a new $10 million federal grant is looking into one potential solution for both issues: agrivoltaics, or essentially, putting solar panels up over farmland.

Greg Barron-Gafford is a professor in the School of Geography, Development and Environment at the University of Arizona; he also works with Biosphere 2 and is the physical science lead on this project.

The Show spoke with him and started the conversation by asking about the relationship between solar energy and agriculture.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.