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Publications

This collection of studies, reports and videos offers an overview of Agrivoltaics in India and Europe. 

Agrivoltaics in India
Overview of operational Projects and relevant Policies

This updated report provides a comprehensive overview of the current situation of Agrivoltaics In India. This includes a summary of 22 operational and 3 upcomming projects as well as a detailed examination of their technical, economical and agricultural properties. Furthermore, the paper presents a preliminary review of Indian policies relevant to Agrivoltaics as a concept.

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Agrivoltaics in India: Challenges and opportunities for scale-up

This background paper assesses the current state of development and identifies the challenges and opportunities for the commercialization of agrivoltaics in India. The authors reviewed existing literature on agrivoltaics and interviewed 11 experts from power distribution companies, research institutions, and commercial firms who have implemented pilot projects.

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Legal Aspects of Agriphotovoltaics in India

This study provides an assessment of the current legal framework in eleven selected states of India in the context of 1-10 MW agriphotovoltaic projects.

The major focus lies on land regulations and how they influence the status of land-use category, probable change in tax incidence for farmers and developers, finance availability for project development and permit requirement.

The study aims to contribute valuable inputs on how to further improve legal
framework conditions for AgriPV in India to harvest its huge potential.

Agrivoltaics:
Opportunities for agriculture and the energy transition

This handbook provides comprehensive information about agriphotovoltaics and the results and experiences to date, presenting key research results of the APV-RESOLA project. It provides information on the possibilities and advantages of the technology and use, gives an overview of the current state of the technology as well its potential, and offers practical advice on the use of the technology for farmers, municipalities, and companies.

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Agrisolar
Best Practice Guidelines

This guide defines the key actions required of all parties involved in project development to maximize sustainability of Agrisolar projects, from an agronomical, ecological, and financial perspective. Offering Best Practice to guide farmers, PV developers, regulators, and other stakeholders to develop high quality Agrisolar projects, this document defines processes that will ensure Agrisolar projects are in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal.

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AgriVoltaics2021 Conference
AIP Conference Proceedings

The central theme for the AgriVoltaics2021 Conference was "Connecting agrivoltaics worldwide", calling for enhanced  international exchange as a basis for bringing forward the concept of agrivoltaics.

These proceedings include 20 papers providing an overview of many aspects of agrivoltaics, from technology to agronomy and policy, including case studies from different regions of the world and modelling exercises to optimize agrivoltaic systems.

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Agrivoltaics
A Climate-Smart Agriculture Approach for Indian Farmers

This paper reviews integrating solar farming with agriculture, known as Agrivoltaics, as a Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) option for Indian farmers. This paper identifies rural electrification, water conservation, yield improvement, sustainable income generation, and reduction in the usage of pesticides as the strengths of agrivoltaics. Similarly, the paper presents weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to agrivoltaics in India.

Feasibility and Economic Viability of Horticulture Photovoltaics
Paras, Maharshtra, India

This report assesses and evaluates the feasibility and economic viability of Horticulture PV at the site of Paras, offering offers a general idea about the principles and expected performance of Horticulture PV systems in the Indian context. For pactical guidance, the document also highlights experiences with Horticulture PV projects of Fraunhofer ISE and provides technical know-how and implementation strategies.

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Agrivoltaics in India: Fertile Ground?

Multiple Social and Economic Benefits of Farmland Solar Are Possible – But Not Without New Policy Settings

The report, Agrivoltaics in India: Fertile Ground?, outlines three major national challenges that agrivoltaics could help address: accelerating the renewable energy roll-out by distributing it throughout the country at a variety of scales; relieving the pressure of renewable energy facilities on sensitive lands and ecosystems; and  contributing to a stronger and more diverse rural economy.

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Agri-photovoltaics (Agri-PV): how multi-land use can help deliver sustainable energy and food
 

Agri-PV has the potential to simultaneously ensure food and energy security while at the same time contributing to sustainability and to the European Green Deal (EGD) targets. JRC hosted an Agri-PV workshop with key stakeholders on 24 March 2022. This briefing note summarises the main messages from the discussions.

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Agri-photovoltaic systems - Requirements for primary agricultural use

The aim of this document is to prepare a test method for agrivoltaic systems that provides a standard with regard to agrivoltaic measurement figures for reporting and project documentation vis-à vis the legislative and funding bodies and the approval authorities, as well as for the post-testing and certification of agrivoltaic systems by experts and certification organizations.

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Characterising solar PV project on agricultural land and agrivoltaism - Executive Summary

This executive summary present findings from a study lead by ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, on characterisation of solar PV activity on agricultural land and the definition of agrivoltaism. It outlines a classification gradient for solar PV plants on agricultural lands and sets forth needed criteria for agrivoltaics and recommendations to promote the deployment of AgriPV. 

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