The Government believes the projects will create more than 600 jobs and generate enough clean energy to power more than 80,000 homes, while farmers have labelled the decision as "gutless".
Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world, so you might be surprised to find there are just 16 ultraviolet radiation sensors around the country monitoring the sun's rays.
Four foreign-owned energy companies are racing to get their large-scale solar projects off the ground on farmland in the NSW Southern Riverina.
A world-leading agriculture business that uses sunlight and seawater to grow tomatoes has been sold but the final price is a closely-guarded secret.
Peter Mailler is a third-generation farmer but if the effects of climate change continue on their current path, he doesn't expect anyone will be farming his 6,000 acres property in the future.
Wind turbines and solar can boost farm values and bring in a passive income but hobby farms can suffer, according to a rural valuation specialist.
Farmers are concerned that upgraded agricultural land in the Murray-Darling is set to become solar farms under a Victorian planning policy vacuum.
Should Australian farmers follow India's lead and farm the sun's rays?
This is an article by Wes Jackson that was previously published by Solutions Journal. We have included a few Campfire questions at the end.
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