Spanish electrical utility Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) stated on Friday it had been awarded 4 agrivoltaic initiatives totalling 12 MW in France’s tender for progressive photo voltaic installations, which wrapped up earlier this month.
All 4 initiatives are for 3-MW techniques, which needed to be primarily based round innovation, environmental safety, animal and crop care fairly than most energy manufacturing, in accordance with Iberdrola.
As a result of energy manufacturing was secondary, the tender was centered round contracts-for-difference (CfDs), by which the value per MWh for a 20-year time period was set above the market worth to compensate initiatives for placing the livestock and agriculture first, the utility stated.
Iberdrola secured awards for the Kirch, Maubec, Lapenche and Solomiac initiatives.
The Kirch mission is ready at a cow farm, the place Iberdrola positioned photo voltaic panels at a peak of 1.5 metres to create shade for the animals. A few of the options of the system embody its potential to gather and retailer rainwater and sprinkle it again on the cows and their grassy paddock when the temperatures are excessive. The main focus of the Kirch mission was on enhancing the standard of natural milk manufacturing on the farm, Iberdrola stated.
The opposite three initiatives have been designed to optimise crop manufacturing utilizing photo voltaic photovoltaic (PV) panels and trackers. In these techniques, the panels are put in in rows from north to south and rotated in an east-west path to guard the crop from frost in winter or intense solar in summer time, the utility defined.
Iberdrola was one in all 66 bidders that picked up awards within the photo voltaic improvements tender, by which a complete of 172.9 MW of initiatives have been profitable.
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