Practical Guide to Agrivoltaics in New Hampshire
Agrivoltaics, also known as “dual-use” systems, is a farming technique that involves combining agriculture with the installation of photovoltaic panels to produce renewable energy. New Hampshire is one of the states in the United States where Agrivoltaics is gaining interest as a sustainable farming practice.
The main benefits of agrivoltaics are that it can increase land use efficiency by enabling farmers to grow crops underneath solar panels while generating renewable energy. In addition, the shade provided by the solar panels can help to protect crops from extreme weather conditions, such as hailstorms and intense sunlight.
There are a few agrivoltaic projects that have been implemented in New Hampshire. For example, in 2018, the University of New Hampshire launched an agrivoltaic research project that involved growing crops such as lettuce, radishes, and other leafy greens under solar panels. The project aimed to study the effects of solar panels on crop growth and yield, as well as the impact of shading and microclimate changes on the crops.
NuWatt Energy’s AI-based agrivoltaics systems are designed to optimize the performance of the raised solar system. One of its key features is the ability to control the tilt angle of solar panels based on real-time data and machine learning algorithms.
By analyzing data such as weather conditions, solar radiation, and crop growth, the model can determine the optimal tilt angle for the solar panels. This allows for maximum energy production while minimizing shading on the crops.
Furthermore, these systems can adapt to changing conditions in real-time, adjusting the tilt angle of the panels to optimize energy production throughout the day. This ensures that the system is always operating at peak efficiency, even as conditions change.
At NuWatt Energy, we specialize in the design, installation, and maintenance of Agrivoltaic systems. We work with farmers and agricultural cooperatives across New Hampshire to provide tailored sustainable energy solutions that meet their specific needs and requirements.
Contact us today to learn more about how Agrivoltaics can benefit your farm in New Hampshire.