Solar panels create micro-climate to save vineyards in Spain

Vineyards in Spain are piloting a test of solar panels with an advanced “smart” tracking system get more bang for the agrivoltaics buck.

For those of you new to the topic, agrivoltaics takes advantage of the shady microclimate created by solar panels, to maintain the ground below for agricultural use. Initial projects mainly involved growing pollinator habitats and grasslands for grazing livestock.

More recently, the field has branched out into food crops, fruit trees and related endeavors, such as growing grapes for wine.

Iberdrola is not the first to mix solar panels with vineyards, but it could be the first company in Spain to deploy remote sensors to track the impact of the solar panels on growing conditions within the array. At least, that’s what Iberdrola says.

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Source: Clean Technica

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