Solar plants on cropland increase land use efficiency
Installing solar and pv power plants on cropland only has a minor effect on the crop yield, Daniel Seeger writes in pv magazine. A trial with so-called agro-pv installations showed that the solar power installations reduced the yield by between 5 and 20 percent, depending on the crop plants. Losses in yield had to be counted against an increase in electricity production, the article says. Agro-pv installations could increase land-use efficiency by 60 percent, researchers at the Fraunhofer ISE said.
Read the article in German here.