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Agrivoltaic

Planting Crops Between Solar Panels

Agrovoltaics is an innovation we're truly thrilled about. It combines your agricultural activities with the generation of solar energy on land. This multi-functional approach allows you to continue using the land for farming purposes while simultaneously generating solar energy from solar panels. This dual use is made possible by maintaining a greater row distance between the panels and placing the panels on taller stands. Thus, you can preserve approximately 85% of your land for agriculture and make lower yield areas more profitable. Contact us to learn more about our agrivoltaic offering.

 

Ecological Benefits of Agrivoltaics

Improved soil moisture and biomass accumulation

Increases local genetic, species, and ecosystem biodiversity

Panels provide shelter for wildlife from extreme weathers conditions

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Usage of the land 

 

The loss of agricultural land due to the installation and substructures of the system is at most 20%. After the installation of the agro-photovoltaic park, 80% of the usable agricultural land remains.Ideally, the distance between the rows of modules should be up to 15 meters. However, the orientation and exact distance are determined according to the availability of light. At a distance of 14 meters, about 60% of the yield of a conventional system is still achieved. Depending on the system design and row distance, it could even be more.

Preserving Agriculture

 

Our ground-mounted agrivoltaic system can be tailored to meet the needs of the respective crops on your land. It is particularly suitable for use on grassland and arable land. For example, in the cultivation of field crops, in fruit farming, or also in intensive commercial grassland. The modules are located at a height of about 2 meters above the ground and are aligned with the position of the sun through a tracking system.  An agricultural usage concept ensures that the area still achieves a yield that is comparable to that of a reference area (under previous usage conditions).

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The diagram above illustrates a side view of two single axis tracker photovoltaic panel arrays in its typical raised position along with panel rotation according to sun position that allows for standard farming equipment to pass between arrays.

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Agricultural Use 

Currants - Consort, Crandall, Red Lake, Cherry, White Imperial

Pumpkins – Baby Bear, Small Sugar, Spooktacular, Autumn Gold, Jackpot

Squash – Butternut, Buttercup, Ebony

Dwarf Fruit Trees - Apples, Pears, Plums, Cherries, Peaches, Nectarines,

Apricots

Grapes - Concord, Catawba, Niagara, Edelweiss, Frontenac, St. Croix, Steuben, Swensen Red, Fredonia, Delaware, Reliance

Strawberries - June bearing include Earliglow, Annapolis, Honeoye, Delmarvel,

Seneca, Jewel, Kent, and Allstar. Day neutrals include Tristar and Tribute.

Raspberries (Red) - Boyne, Latham, Heritage (everbearing), Ruby (everbearing) , Brandywine, Royalty, Jewel, Goldie

Gooseberries – Pixwell, Poorman, Welcome, Captivator

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