The world’s first agrivoltaic farm, stretching over 4.5 hectares, is located in the Domaine de Nidolères vineyard in Tressere, France. It was created by Sun’R and Bouygues Energies et Services, recognised as a leader in the construction of large photovoltaic power stations since 2015.
What is this agrivoltaic system and how does it work?
The agrivoltaic system combines agriculture and solar energy on the same land through the use of photovoltaic panels. They are placed above the 28,600 young grapevines, 4.5m from the ground, and controlled automatically using algorithms. Thanks to this structure supporting the irrigation system (above-ground drip irrigation), the crops are protected from the elements and the plants’ lighting and shade are optimised in real time.
A major innovation for responsible agriculture.
With enough energy produced to power 650 homes and almost 3,000 tonnes of CO2 saved, this unique and innovative solar farm will help to improve agricultural production sustainably while generating renewable energy at the same time.
- Photovoltaic panels installed 4.5m above the ground over 4.5 hectares
- 3-hectare control area
- 28,600 young vines under the agrivoltaic equipment
- 3,000 tonnes of CO2 saved
- 650 households’ worth of energy produced