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In June 2020, German developer BayWa r.e. inaugurated its largest agrivoltaic power plant in holland, with a capacity of 2.7 MW. pv magazine France talks about the economic model.

From pv magazine France

HOLLAND, with 14 GW of solar capacity, lacks land for the development of new PV projects.

That is why the Dutch government has adopted a far more flexible regulatory framework, specifically with regards to authorizations, for projects built on non-conventional surfaces, such as for example agrivoltaics or floating solar, Maximilian Tegtmeyer, agriPV project manager for BayWa r.e.

In June 2020, BayWa’s Dutch subsidiary, GroenLeven, built a first pilot agrivoltaic park in Babberich, close to the border with Germany. The firms tested two forms of panels at the facility, including semitransparent modules. The project was extended in June 2020 to a commercial format of 3.2 hectares.

The original plastic tunnels have been replaced by way of a 2.67 MW solar structure, made out of the aid of Germany’s Zimmermann. The 250 W semi-transparent panels each have a transparency rate of 35%.

Previously, we caused the Chinese manufacturer BYD and today we ask the business HT/SAAE, said Tegtmeyer.

The PV modules generate 2,403 MWh each year, fully injected in to the grid.A 60 kW Huawei string inverter is installed by the end of every row, in order to avoid the passing of cables in one row to some other.

The investment cost per hectare was nearly 1 million ($1.01 million), which corresponds to approximately 1.15/W, which comes even close to 0.50/W to 0.80/W for the standard ground-mounted project.

BayWa r.e. signed a long-term lease with the operator, for any renewable energy project, said Thomas Domblides, regional solar development manager for BayWa r.e. France. For his part, the farmer has signed a lease loan, therefore the two financial flows offset one another.

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