Agrivoltaics provides income diversity, resource efficiency and increased yields, active soil and nature stewardship
Agrivoltaics combines agriculture with photovoltaic panels to offer a unique and cost-effective way to produce renewable energy while promoting sustainable agriculture practices. This approach allows farmers to use their land for both energy production and crop cultivation, maximizing resources and minimizing environmental impact.
Our goal is to provide valuable insights on agrivoltaics and support you in deploying agrivoltaic solutions effectively on your farm or ranch. We offer practical advice on implementing agrivoltaics, tips on systems integration to maximize efficiency, and case studies to show how other farmers and ranchers are getting on.
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Bifacial solar panels
They are designed to capture sunlight from both sides, generating electricity from direct sunlight on the front side and reflected or diffused light on the back side.
For a 50-acre bifacial solar fencing system, the energy production could range from several hundred kilowatt-hours to several megawatt-hours, depending on the specific characteristics of the installation.
Solar arrays with crops
Several crops thrive in the presence of solar arrays due to the partial shading they provide.
Examples include leafy greens (lettuce, spinach), herbs (basil, cilantro), brassicas (kale, broccoli), and some fruits (strawberries, raspberries), which benefit from the moderated microclimate and reduced water evaporation.
Solar arrays with grazing
Multiple advantages are gained by integrating renewable energy generation with livestock management.
This approach maximizes land use efficiency, reduces vegetation maintenance costs, promotes soil health through natural fertilization, and enhances the overall sustainability of the agricultural system, benefiting both energy production and animal welfare.
Solar arrays with pollinator grazing
Pollinator habitats provide several benefits for farming. They enhance crop pollination, resulting in increased yields and improved quality of fruits, vegetables, and seeds.
Pollinators also contribute to the genetic diversity of plants, enhance ecosystem resilience, and support the growth of wildflowers and native plant species, creating a more sustainable and biodiverse farming ecosystem.
Solar vehicle charging
Adding a vehicle charging station to your solar energy system diversifies income through electric vehicle charging while providing reduced dependence on traditional agricultural income alone.
It promotes sustainability by encouraging the use of clean energy for transportation, aligning with environmental goals and attracting eco-conscious customers.
Solar-powered farm fleet
EV benefits include reduced fuel costs, lower maintenance expenses, decreased carbon emissions, and increased energy independence. Farm EVs include electric utility vehicles, electric tractors, electric ATVs and electric trucks.
EVs offer quiet operation, reduced maintenance needs, and lower operating costs, while contributing to a more sustainable farming operation.
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Bifacial Solar Fence Systems combine power generation and precision irrigation, revolutionizing sustainable energy and offering cost savings and efficient maintenance for a greener agricultural future.
By installing solar panels above the cowshed, the dairy farm has not only generated clean energy to power their operations, but it has also provided shade for the cows.
King Estate Winery realized that they could do more to support sustainable wine production and reduce their carbon footprint. That’s where agrivoltaics came in.