Agrivoltaics is an impeccable combination of solar panels and plants on the agricultural land. It involves combining crops with photovoltaic panels, installed with enough height to allow farm machinery to pass underneath. The task is to generate crops and energy simultaneously and without conflict. It’s an idea which could bring food producing to the next level.
In agrivoltaic the solar panels are put up at a height of 10-15 feet and that’s how the agricultural creativities do not get hampered by the solar panels. Rather the solar panels help the agriculture land retain moisture and do not evaporate water as quickly as it would have been without the panels. The panels also protect the crop from direct sunlight which is beneficial for the crops. It improves the crop yield. During rainy season the panels prevent rain falling directly on the land and causing soil erosion.
Within past recent years PV technologies has sprouted intensely. A lot of social actors – business,
households, cities – acknowledged the environmental necessity and profit out of it and decided to implement it in their own fashion. It happened in farming too.
HOW SOLAR CHANGES TRADITIONAL FARMING
Solar farm is a field filled with hundreds or maybe thousands of solar panels slanted towards the sun.
Instead of potatoes, beans or tomatoes planted in the soil, solar panels covers that land, while energy is being produced.
Traditional farming is relatively risky business because one is very much reliant on the weather conditions. If there is just the right amount of sun, rain and if there are no extreme storms, strong winds and etc. Thus, not to worry about all these environmental factors and still get income is really uplifting and a bit too good to be true. Therefore, next to power generation, solar farms found another niche – agrivoltaics. It is an amazing idea for environmentally conscious world, both agribusiness and society.