Academic Venture Fund - 2017

Seeding Solar in New York

Cornell Solar Farm

Solar development is coming to rural New York. Meeting the state's renewable energy goals will require large, land-hungry solar projects, and cleared farmland is a top prospect for solar leases. This team will investigate how expanding solar capacity will affect New York agriculture. Working closely with landowners, solar energy developers, and local and state policymakers, the researchers will identify economic, social, and spatial areas of conflict and develop policy recommendations to strengthen the farm sector and increase rural resilience.

Investigators: Jennifer Ifft, Richard Stedman, K. Max Zhang