Renewables blog Cleantechnica reports on the clever French:
Hanwha Solar is providing 7.7 megawatts of an 8.7-megawatt installation on a building owned by SolvÃ©o Energie in Rion-des-Landes, France. This nine-hectare rooftop solar project of 36,900 panels fosters just the environment needed for the four-year growing period ginseng roots need before harvesting.
Photo from SolvÃ©o
This is fun, but also important. Solar energy is practically a free lunch except for one thing: land use. There’s always the Sahara but it’s the wrong side of the Atlantic for you. Dual-use photovoltaics are going to be essential: curtain walls, car parks, greenhouses.
Ginseng isn’t the only crop that likes a bit of shade. Another is RBC’s perennial favourite, marijuana.
I expect “medical” pot entrepreneurs in California are already looking at this opportunity.
Here’s a tip for them. To get their next legalisation proposition over the hump, why not add a green spin, and link it to demands for a favourable feed-in-tariff or tax breaks for their solar greenhouses?
RBC readers clearly enjoy competitions. So please supply a bumper-sticker slogan for pot legalisation coupling it to green energy.
Silicon Valley is Pot Valley
People who live in glass houses should get stoned