Planting Crops Between Solar Panels
Based on our experience from European and American community solar projects, SPG has developed our US patent pending APV method that allows for the continued use of land beneath and between solar panels to host agriculture while simultaneously enhancing energetic production efficiency. We intend to utilize this approach in all our developments whenever possible.
Ecological Benefits of Agrivoltaics
Improved soil moisture and biomass accumulation
Increases local genetic, species, and ecosystem biodiversity
Panels provide shelter for wildlife from extreme weathers conditions
Solar Provider Group intends to apply our patent pending Photovoltaic Array and Agricultural Dual Method of Use: Agrovoltaics method to optimize both solar energy generation and agricultural production. Generating photovoltaic electricity through ground mounted solar arrays on agricultural land with 22.5 - 33ft between arrays allows for diverse agricultural activities to continue without interfering. The spacing accommodates agricultural practices such as passage of large, mechanized farm equipment, and additional embodiments that promote biodiversity, economic stability, and overall health of the soil and crops. Such arrangement of the rows allows for a wider variety of agricultural use; ranging from sheep grazing, monocropping, intercropping, beekeeping and polyculture while optimizing solar power generation.
The diagram above illustrates a side view of two single axis tracker photovoltaic panel arrays in its typical raised position along with panel rotation according to sun position that allows for standard farming equipment to pass between arrays.
Currants - Consort, Crandall, Red Lake, Cherry, White Imperial
Pumpkins – Baby Bear, Small Sugar, Spooktacular, Autumn Gold, Jackpot
Squash – Butternut, Buttercup, Ebony
Dwarf Fruit Trees - Apples, Pears, Plums, Cherries, Peaches, Nectarines,
Grapes - Concord, Catawba, Niagara, Edelweiss, Frontenac, St. Croix, Steuben, Swensen Red, Fredonia, Delaware, Reliance
Strawberries - June bearing include Earliglow, Annapolis, Honeoye, Delmarvel,
Seneca, Jewel, Kent, and Allstar. Day neutrals include Tristar and Tribute.
Raspberries (Red) - Boyne, Latham, Heritage (everbearing), Ruby (everbearing) , Brandywine, Royalty, Jewel, Goldie
Gooseberries – Pixwell, Poorman, Welcome, Captivator