As billions of people worldwide brace against the effects of climate change, a series of destabilizing shocks continues to hit the global economy. In a few short years, the COVID outbreak and recent turmoil in Ukraine have negatively affected commodities markets, supply chains, and inflation, leading to skyrocketing food and energy costs. Amid these problems, food and energy insecurity is rapidly spreading over the planet.

But new technologies in the energy and agricultural sectors promise to alleviate some of the pressure. Although it may seem that reaching net zero in either industry is impossible, agrivoltaics offers compelling evidence that we stand to gain ground within the next few years. This article will explore this new technology, its development, and the challenges it faces in pursuing cleaner food and energy.