Agri-PV research facility opens on German apple orchard

The first of five research facilities of the »Agri-Photovoltaic Model Region for Baden-Württemberg« was opened last week in Kressborn, Germany, by Baden-Württemberg’s Minister President Winfried Kretschmann. The federal state government is providing about €2.5 million ($2.6 million) for the project, which will focus on combining PV with pome fruit and berry farming. A total of around 1.7 megawatts of installed capacity is planned.
For the 232-kilowatt system integrated into an existing apple orchard in Kressbronn, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), which is also responsible for overall project management, is cooperating with various other institutions. The questions include the effects of changing shading on »growth and ecophysiology of the apples«, but also possible effects of pesticide use on the solar modules.

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