From pv journal Germany

BayWa and its Groenleven subsidiary plan to construct a pilot agrivoltaics plant on a farm within the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant in 2020, combining electrical energy manufacturing from photo voltaic and fruit cultivation. It’s set to be one of many greatest tasks in Europe. Greater than 24,000 elevated modules might be put in, with a complete output of 8.7 MW.

“As a result of optimistic expertise of agrivoltaic functions, [the farm owner] determined to equip his whole raspberry plantation with photo voltaic panels,” mentioned BayWa.

BayWa mentioned it believes agrivoltaics can meet Europe’s challenges similar to land shortage, excessive climate, and rising demand for photo voltaic vitality.

“The growth of photo voltaic vitality have to be appropriate with agriculture and the surroundings,” mentioned Martin Schindele, head of Agri-PV product administration. “Our flagship venture proves that PV modules defend vegetation and allow a sustainable rising surroundings whereas minimizing using single-use plastic covers.”

Nonetheless, agrivoltaic tasks are dearer and require assist from legal guidelines and funding. Benedikt Ortmann, world director photo voltaic tasks at BayWa re, famous the necessity for legislative and monetary assist for the event of agrivoltaics in Europe.

BayWa has accomplished 14 agrivoltaic tasks in Europe the place the fruit is produced concurrently. It additionally began constructing an “interspace” agrivoltaics venture in Spain, with photo voltaic modules positioned near the bottom, just like cultivated areas.

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