Study Finds Plants Would Grow Well in Solar Cell Greenhouses

A recent study shows that lettuce can be grown in greenhouses that filter out wavelengths of light used to generate solar power, demonstrating the feasibility of using see-through solar panels in greenhouses to generate electricity.

“We were a little surprised – there was no real reduction in plant growth or health,” says Heike Sederoff, co-corresponding author of the study and a Professor of plant biology at North Carolina State University in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology. “It means the idea of integrating transparent solar cells into greenhouses can be done.”

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