BayWa r.e. completes solar array above fruit plants in the Netherlands

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April 1 (Renewables Now) - Germany-based BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH has completed an innovative 1.2-MWp agricultural solar project in the Netherlands that both protects plants and generates green electricity.

The solar installation acts as a permanent cultivation support facility for redcurrants on a fruit farm in Wadenoijen, removing the need for plastic arches, the company explained this week. In addition to producing enough power for 400 households a year, the solar panels protect the plants from extreme weather conditions such as hail, heavy rain or extreme heat.

"Agri-PV is a renewable energy solution that is helping farmers both combat the impacts of climate change and decarbonize their farming activities," said Benedikt Ortmann, BayWa r.e. global director of solar projects.

The newly-completed solar farm expanded a pilot project that was installed on the farm in 2020.

In 2019 first trials were carried out with raspberries, involving two types of panels including semi-transparent. Under a partnership with Wageningen University & Research, the trial was expanded last year to include other pilots with different types of soft fruit.

BayWa r.e. is planning a total of 35 MWp of "fruitvoltaic" projects in Europe by 2022, working together with pear, apple and other fruit producers.

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