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Cash-strapped farms are growing a new crop: Solar panels

Cash-strapped farms are growing a new crop: Solar panels

The Kominek family farm is a green expanse of hay and alfalfa in northern Colorado. The family has planted and raked crops for half a century, but as yields declined over recent years, the farm began losing money. In late 2017, Byron Kominek went looking for more profitable alternatives, including installing solar panels and selling electricity to the utility. But Boulder County’s land-use codes made it difficult to use their 24 acres for anything but farming.So the Komineks found a compromise: a solar array with plants growing beneath, between, and around rows of photovoltaic...

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