Practical Guide to Agrivoltaics in Texas
Agrivoltaics, the integration of photovoltaic (PV) systems on agricultural land, is becoming increasingly popular across the United States, including in Texas. This innovative approach to land use can help increase land efficiency and income for farmers while also reducing carbon footprint and conserving water resources.
In Texas, where agriculture is a major industry, agrivoltaics can provide numerous benefits. Let’s take a closer look at some of these benefits:
Lower temperature peaks:
Texas is known for its hot and humid weather, and during heatwaves, temperatures can be extremely high. Agrivoltaic systems can provide shade for crops, which can help reduce the temperature peaks and create a more favorable environment for crop growth. Studies have shown that under agrivoltaic installations, temperatures can be up to 5°C lower during heatwaves, providing significant benefits for farmers.
Reduced risk due to spring frost:
In Texas, spring frost can be a major risk for farmers, causing significant damage to crops. Agrivoltaic systems can help mitigate this risk by increasing night temperatures under the installation by between 1 and 4°C, creating a more favorable environment for crops to grow and reducing the risk of frost damage.
Reduction of water use and water stress:
Texas is known for its water scarcity, and with the increasing demand for water resources, conserving water has become a top priority. Agrivoltaic systems can help reduce water use and water stress by providing shade for crops, which can reduce evaporation and transpiration. Studies have shown that under agrivoltaic installations, water use can be reduced by between 12% and 50%, providing significant benefits for farmers and the environment.
Improved aromatic and phenolic quality:
The quality of crops is a top priority for farmers, and Agrivoltaic systems can help improve the quality of crops grown in Texas. Studies have shown that under Agrivoltaic installations, the alcohol content can be up to 2% less, acidity can increase by between 9% and 14%, and anthocyanin can increase by up to 13%, leading to improved aromatic and phenolic quality of crops.
In addition to these benefits, Agrivoltaic systems in Texas can also support additional functions such as irrigation and nets, providing even more benefits for farmers. With the right knowledge and expertise, Agrivoltaic systems can help farmers in Texas increase their income, conserve water resources, and reduce their carbon footprint, making it a win-win for everyone.
At NuWatt Energy, we specialize in the design, installation, and maintenance of Agrivoltaic systems. We work with farmers and agricultural cooperatives across Texas 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 Texas.