5 Restaurant-Ready Meals Found Growing Under Solar Farms

Growing food underneath solar panels is an unusual way to use farmland to generate energy, but here are some things that might work out.


You may have heard in recent news coverage that there are benefits to growing broccoli underneath the swaths of panels in solar farms. But did you know that there are even more delectable treats that can be made easily underneath solar panels? Here’s The Sweaty Penguin’s top 5 picks.

  1. 1 Broccoli

    As we mentioned earlier, broccoli actually makes a fantastic supplementary crop underneath solar panels! Farmers have found that their broccoli plants grow greener, more luscious blooms thanks to the shade of solar panels.

  2. 2 Fruit Salad

    If you’re looking for a sweet alternative to broccoli, might I suggest growing strawberries? This crop might be lacking ‘fact-checked reporting’ or ‘any scientific evidence’ that it grows better under solar panels, but you can be the first to prove me right!

  3. 3 Goat cheese

    Plants aren’t the only thing you can find underneath a solar panel, though. If you look reeeeally closely, you can actually find a new species of teeny tiny goats. Aw! How scientifically unfathomable! These little guys produce milk just like their normal-sized counterparts, and can make a delicious dairy snack.

  4. 4 Sushi

    Wait? Is that a little river I see underneath those panels over there? Why yes, and the beautiful solar salmon are leaping out of the water. How precious. Let’s scoop those bad boys up and fashion ourselves some fresh domestic nigiri.

  5. 5 Paul

    Whaaat? This guy is so sick! Look at him go! I could just eat him up, couldn’t you? Actually, you can. Paul was grown artificially underneath a new experimental solar field, and after turning of age, signed himself away to be legally consumed. What a cool dude. He even told me he goes well with arugula! You’ve got great taste, Paul.

    After this list you should be well on your way to crafting the first solar farm only restaurant menu. Stay tuned to find out if there are any other great recipes to be found underneath a solar panel. And come back next week when we’ll teach you how wind turbines are also churning giant vats of butter!

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Maxwell Pociask
Maxwell Pociask is a Boston University Sophomore originally from Urbana, Illinois. He is a comedy writer for The Sweaty Penguin, helping to squeeze those juicy little joke morsels into that sweet, sweet, podcast news, baby. Max also publishes articles and other website content for The Sweaty Penguin, drawing on his past experience writing for The Bunion. Max also works as an Opinions section editor for the Daily Free Press, where you can read his column on unique urbanist solutions found in small American towns. He’s had a lifelong passion for building sustainable and equitable communities, and in 2021 hosted a grant-funded arts showcase for students in Central Illinois. Max doesn’t think that pineapple on pizza is all that big of a deal, but hopes you don’t tell Ethan about that.


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