March 5 (Renewables Now) - Total Quadran, the French renewable power production unit of Total SA (EPA:FP), said on Wednesday it has tied up with agricultural cooperative InVivo group to collaborate in the field of solar agrivoltaic development.
The companies have entered a partnership agreement that aims to set up a research and development (R&D) entity that will explore the opportunities for installing solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity on agricultural land and create specific economic models for the implementation of such schemes. They will also collaborate with owners of agricultural land in order to identify the challenges for solar agrivoltaic development.
Total Quadran and InVivo have already identified 200 ha (494 acres) of agricultural land suitable for such projects.
The partnership fits with Total Quadran’s goal to deploy almost 500 MW solar PV capacity on farmland by 2025. This capacity, it estimates, will generate power that will meet the demand of over 500,000 people.