Brian Kominek runs his family's farm in Boulder, Colorado. The farm was struggling to make a profit and Kominek had a vision for how to change that. He wanted to venture into agrovoltaics, which integrates solar power generation into farmland. First, he had to convince the city of Boulder to adjust land use codes so the solar generation could be permitted on his historic farmland. Next, he had to mortgage his farm to get approved for the solar array. Now, he's starting to see the benefits: The shade from the panels above the soil helps the plants thrive and the intermittent shade reduces evaporation of irrigation water. The evaporation helps keep the solar panels cooler, making them more efficient. If you really want to build infrastructure on a way that is not going to compete with food and could actually take advantage of our dwindling resources in terms of water in a really efficient way, this is something to look at, said Greg Barron-Gafford, one of the US foremost experts on water.

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