@Maltimore Yes! And it's real. I doubt it will be implemented on large scale soon, but it's also interesting for garden and community design imho.

@tofuwabohu I believe thinking in terms of "large scale" is inherently capitalist. We should abandon the concept entirely and replace it with something like "appropriate scale", as in "to a scale that will allow us to reap advantages off the idea without damaging the ecosystem"


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Although I wasn't the original commenter that you answered to, I don't have problems with the term large-scale here. I think at this point it's literally a survive or die out situation with the climate, and we desperately need large-scale green energy.

@tofuwabohu I've often thought this would work, but it's nice to see the science behind it.

You could scale it down for community gardens, where you could grow food underneath the panels, and the panels could give the garden power or sell back to the grid, and make some money, to put back into the garden.

Or in urban gardens (obv. need to be a certain size) and the power generated could help run the house.

This is very #Solarpunk!

@GwenfarsGarden I honestly never thought of it because I'm very new to gardening and always thought that at least roughly more sun = better, especially for the mentioned crops like tomatoes. But it's nice to see that this "cooperation" works so well!

@tofuwabohu I hadn't thought about it quite the way they listed in the article (which was much better), but I know that there are a lot of leafy veg that don't need as much sun and figured it would work like that.

So it was extra interesting to see the article talk about peppers and tomatoes - as I wouldn't have considered them.

It would be of course very climate specific. In the UK, I think green leafy veg would work better, as we (mostly) don't get as hot weather - though this will change with climate change). But in the Mediterranean, for example, this would really work for those kind of veg now.

yeh, it's a great idea. Thanks for sharing.



Are you completely sure that toxic elements of this industrial facility will not pass into the plants or if the manufacturing processes of this technology do not produce pollution in other places or if this technology is scalable for the majority of the human population?

Sorry but I would'nt be so triumphant. Is a half win, at most.

Of course not. But it's way better than solar panels on grass or even dust/gravel. Regarding the large scale, see my other comment (hope it federates correctly).

@tofuwabohu @DialMforMara i am planning to do this if I can. Shaded raised beds for things that can’t take the summer heat. (Applies to the gardener also.)

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