Agrovoltaics Meets Energy Wheeling: Harmonizing Solar Development with Agriculture and Navigating Regulatory Progress
10:20 AM - 10:35 AM Wed
Andrew Kennedy is the co-founder and partner of The Phoebus Fund, LLC, a company whose focus is creating mutually beneficial systems for farmers and renewable energy. Andrew is an experienced developer of solar energy assets in the Northeast United States, with 10-years’ experience in the renewable energy development industry, including the development of at the time the largest rooftop solar system in New Jersey. His unique personal background provided the basis for the Agrivoltaic system. Growing up in an agricultural community, Andrew saw firsthand the challenges of the U.S. agriculture industry, and through Agrivoltaics has found a way to use his renewable expertise to give back and help the agricultural communities of the United States. His patent pending Agrivoltaic system allows for the dual use of land and supports production of renewable energy while retaining and protecting agricultural lands. In addition, the system allows for increased productivity of the farmer by providing irrigation and agricultural material dispersal.
In addition to being the co-founder of The Phoebus Fund, LLC, Andrew teaches sustainability at Drexel University. Andrew holds a degree in Economics from Washington College, a Masters in Finance, and a MBA from Drexel University. His prior experience before focusing on sustainability was in Risk Management for one of the largest P&C insurance companies. This experience was used in the development of his Agrivoltaic system as the creation of climate resilient agriculture while providing renewable energy provides the best risk mitigation against climate change.