Baden-Wuerttemberg to back agri-PV projects with EUR 2.5m

The Agri-PV research facility for apples in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Image by BayWa r.e.

January 17 (Renewables Now) - The government of Baden-Wuerttemberg will provide EUR 2.5 million (USD 2.86m) to support five pilot projects for agri-PV plants with a combined output of 1.65 MWp as the German state seeks to promote the technology as a space-efficient way of land use.

The pilot plants will be built in the cities of Ravensburg, Weinsberg, Karlsruhe, Kressbronn and Nussbach in Baden-Wuerttemberg in areas where pome fruits and berries are grown. The initiative is aimed at identifying the potential and difficulties of agri-PV installations and supporting the development of the technology in the state, the state's environment ministry said last week.

Not all of the five projects will be implemented for research purposes and the plants in Kressbronn and Nussbach will be integrated into existing operations.

The sun-drenched state with its vast fruit-growing areas in the region of Lake Constance offers optimal conditions and opportunities for agri-PV plants, according to state environment minister Thekla Walker and agriculture minister Peter Hauk.

The projects will be financed by the state's Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy and the Ministry of Food, Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection by 2024. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the Univerity of Public Administration in Kehl will be in charge of the implementation.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.145)

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