Corab, Kelfield plan to develop 1 GW of agrivoltaics in Poland
A vertical agri-PV system developed by Corab SA. Image by Kelfield Group
Green energy investor Kelfield Group and PV manufacturer Corab S.A. are planning to partner on the development of agrivoltaic (agri-PV) projects in Poland with a combined capacity of more than 1 GW.
The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) during the Intersolar Europe 2023 exhibition in Munich, Corab said on Wednesday.
As a manufacturer of agrivoltaic racks, Corab will contribute its know-how and technology solutions to the collaboration while Kelfield would oversee the engineering and investment activities, including permitting.
The initiative will utilise fence-shaped vertical substructure components developed by Corab. These systems are specifically designed for installation on agricultural land that is difficult or unsuitable for farming, thus serving as meadows and pastures. Occupying only approximately 1% of the field area, these installations ensure the preservation of the original purpose of the land between the PV fences.
The value of the components necessary for the deployment of 1 GW of agrivoltaics is estimated at around EUR 70 million (USD 76.5m).
Corab's chief executive Piotr Markowski expressed the hope that the first gigawatt-project will be followed by more similar initiatives, enabling the utilisation of this technology on conventional agricultural land in Poland. However, achieving this goal would require essential legislative changes to make such activities viable and profitable, according to Markowski.
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