Agri-PV system
in Haidegg

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The effects of mounting overhead photovoltaic panels on agricultural land and the resulting changes in light conditions on plant growth, plant health, pest infestation, yield, and the internal and external quality of the fruit are being assessed in two test plots.
The facts at a glance
Total area of the two test plots 5,000 m²
Roofed area covered by PV panels 2,775 m²
Total installed capacity (in kilowatt peak) 340 kWp
Projected annaul production (in kilowatt hours) approx. 385,000 kWh
Number of PV modules 1,134 units
Specification of the PV modules 49 % transparency
As part of the Austrian Climate and Energy Strategy, the federal government has set itself the goal of generating enough electricity from renewable energy sources to cover 100% of national consumption by 2030. Photovoltaic (PV) systems will be used to generate a significant part of this. This goal, i.e. to increase the share of PV electricity, is in conflict with food production, as both compete for the use of agricultural land. Agriphotovoltaic systems (or Agri-PV systems) are designed to tackle these competing needs through a targeted dual-use approach. Special crops (especially fruit farming) represent a possible opportunity for dual land use by utilizing specially installed Agri-PV systems. A series of practical trials are being conducted with the Agri-PV system at the Haidegg site to obtain more detailed findings on the efficiency of such systems in fruit farming – especially with regard to their dual benefits.
The goal of the project is to optimise the dual use of a site with fruit crops: for agricultural production on the one hand and to generate electricity on the other. The research and development of these special PV installations is being spearheaded by the cooperation between ECOwind and Haidegg Experimental Station for Fruit Growing and Viticulture.

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The most significant benefits of Agri-PV at a glance

I am confident that agriculture can substantially contribute to the energy transition by using agricultural land to produce renewable energy as well as food.

Johann Janker, Managing Director ECOwind

Agriphotovoltaics is the icing on the cake in terms of sustainable fruit farming systems, and individual fruit growers could become serious stakeholders in future energy provision.

Leonhard Steinbauer, Head of Unit Haidegg Experimental Station for Fruit Growing and Viticulture

Agri-PV enables us to take a significant step towards achieving our climate goals without taking over additional valuable agricultural land, thereby contributing to higher public acceptance.

Ernst Schweighofer, Project Developer ECOwind

Timeline

June 2022

 Start-up
June 2022

End of April - mid-May 2022

Planting crops
End of April - mid-May 2022

Mid-March - End of April 2022

Assembly of substructure | modules | inverters
Mid-March - End of April 2022

17 March 2022

Start of construction
17 March 2022

2 March 2022

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Ground-breaking ceremony
2 March 2022

Spring/summer 2021

Detailed planning
Spring/summer 2021

February 2021

Idea and initial talks
February 2021

Project photos

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