(L to R) Subrahmanyam Pulipaka (NSEFI), Tobias Winter (IGEF-SO), Dr. Rashi Gupta (Vision Mechatronics), Shri Pranav Mehta (NSEFI), Sanmati Naik (Fraunhofer), Dr. Vineet Saini (DST), Kulkarni H. B. (KSES)

AgroPV Sessions at Intersolar Bangalore 2019

Together with the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), the Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office (IGEF-SO) hosted a panel discussion on the opportunities for AgroPV in India at the Intersolar India in Bangalore on 28 November 2019  followed by an evening reception.

During the two sessions, the participants discussed the viability of doing agriculture below large-scale solar power plants in India, exchanged best practices and made the most of the networking opportunity.

AgroPV - An Overview

Harvesting crops and solar energy on shared land offers a promising solution for India's land and water scarcity. Combining solar power generation with farming is known as AgroPV. Among its various benefits is the ability to save resources. The water used for cleaning the solar panels can be captured and reused for watering the crops growing below the solar panel area or for the next cleaning cycle. First AgroPV pilot plants are being equipped with water harvesting systems and some project developers further consider to even integrate dry-cleaning systems.

By now, many farmers around the globe already cultivate their land successfully under solar panels. An estimated total capacity of 2 GW AgroPV is installed in Japan, Korea, USA, France and Germany alone. India currently counts around 5 MW of AgroPV capacity. The topic of AgroPV increasingly attracts the interest of researchers both in and outside India. For instance, Fraunhofer Germany finalised an important study on the potential of agricultural activity below solar panels in India.

If you want to find out more, get in touch with us via agropv(at)energyforum.in or download the presentation shown at the panel discussion here.