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Sun'Agri demonstrates the benefits of agrivoltaics in vineyards

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April 02, 2020
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The demonstration project was set up by Piolenc (France) in collaboration with the local chamber of agriculture and the French government. According to Sun'Agri – subsidiary of solar developer Sun'R – the main objective of this test was to prove the benefits of agrivoltaics for growing vines, which are highly affected by the effects of climate change and can stunt during heatwaves. The setup used involved 600 m2 of vines covered by a solar array able to adjust its tilt to optimize light absorption and limit water evaporation. Initial results show a 12% to 34% reduction in water demand and improvements in grape quality. Clients interested in agrivoltaics should continue to monitor this program, which will enter a commercial phase in 2020. 

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