Agrivoltaic – Solar (PV) and Farming

Combining two systems – Solar (photovoltaic) and Agriculture – can create a mutually beneficial system. West Australian Agriculture industry is facing uncertainties due to climate change patterns. Water shortages, extreme weather, bush fires and increasing global temperatures require new measures to protect the crops and the soil against negative environmental influences. This practice of co-locating the two by planting crops under the shade of solar panels is called agrivoltaics. Agrivoltaics offers great opportunities for both agriculture and climate protection, combining agricultural production and renewable electricity generation on the same land. In an agrivoltaics system, the environment under the panels is much cooler in summer and stays warmer in the winter.

Decentralized solar power generation is another added benefit to our West Australian remote community, helping them reduce their dependence on the public grid. Agrivoltaic technology enable them to develop new sources of income, without taking the land away from food production. The benefits of agrivoltaics do not change the density but it simply elevates the panels so that the crops are growing nearly in full shade. The interesting part is that we can cut back 75% of the direct sunlight hitting the plants, but there is still so much diffuse light.

In western Australia a 30kW to 100kW Solar system can be installed and multiple systems in our community can be interconnected to form a Micro-Grid system. This will then allow the community to reduce the dependence on Main Grid or Diesel Generators.

30 kW Solar System:

Using 390W MONO Half-cut solar panels on a 30kW Inverter capacity 40KW of solar can be added as per Clean Energy Regulator.

102 Solar Panels x 390W = 39.78 kW.

2 x 15kW Solar Inverter.

Fronius SYMO 15.0-3-M Two numbers or SMA – SUNNY TRIPOWER 15000TL

The 39.78kW system will generate 549 STC certificate.

Rebate Value of 549 x $38.00 = $20,862 can be claimed.

 

100 kW Solar System:

341 Solar Panels x 390W Mono Half-cut = 132.9 kW

2 x 50kW SUNNY TRIPOWER CORE2

Features of Sunny Tri power

  • Best in class: 12 MPP trackers with 24 strings for maximum design flexibility
  • String level monitoring
  • Maximum DC input voltage of up to 1,100V DC
  • Supports both bifacial and 500W+ PV modules
  • Inbuilt DC Isolator
  • String connections via Sunclix connectors
  • IP66 rating and C5 corrosion protection

Australia has seen the development of many solar farms in regional areas, reflecting the sharp fall in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, making it now the lowest-cost form of electricity. with the combination of solar and battery storage our west Australian framers can attain a broad perspective.

  • REDUCED EXPOSURE TO SUN AND EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS.
  • SOIL MOISTURE AND TEMPERATURE

Agri-PV allows for solar to be combined with specific rural and agricultural activities, providing solutions to the needs of farmers and rural communities by driving investments and creating jobs in rural areas, supporting traditional and sustainable agricultural practices, or increasing the climate resilience of agricultural activities.