PHOTOVOLTAIC SHADE HOUSES FOR HOT, ARID CLIMATES
A shade house was constructed consisting of photovoltaic modules so as to make dual use of sunlight to generate some electricity while the rest of the sunlight was used for plant production. The project was aimed at identifying container nursery crops that could be produced without substantial negative impact from shading. The photovoltaic system consisted of tubular modules that intercepted 35 and 70% of the solar radiation; a control consisting of approximately 35% shading was also provided. While many of the tested plants showed slight reductions in biomass accumulation, a number of the plants did not show any deleterious effect. The conclusion is that this type of photovoltaic shade house can be an effective tool for container nursery growers. Further testing included some food crops (leafy greens) that generally showed that growing such plants under solar panels is feasible.
Lieth, J.H. (2014). PHOTOVOLTAIC SHADE HOUSES FOR HOT, ARID CLIMATES. Acta Hortic. 1051, 71-75
container nursery production, photovoltaic electricity production, renewable energy