Site preparation costs for large-scale solar projects are expected to account for 20 percent of large-scale solar PV installed costs in 2020. Reducing these costs via low-impact development can lead to cascading reductions in other environmental-related costs and risks — and provide important co-benefits to agriculture. A long-time agricultural leader and the fourth-largest agricultural exporting state in the U.S., Minnesota is scaling from less than 20 megawatts of solar capacity statewide in early 2016 to 700-1,000 megawatts by late 2017. Fresh Energy hosted Jordan Macknick from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) for an update on research and work related to co-location of agriculture and solar. Mr. Macknick is the lead analyst on InSPIRE—Innovative Site Preparation and Impact Reductions on the Environment—a three-year study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.