French photovoltaic greenhouse delivers 3.1 GWh and 4 tons/hectare of asparagus in one year – pv magazine International

In April 2017, French renewable energy developer Tenergie commissioned its first photovoltaic greenhouse based on its proprietary technology Tenairlux, in Mallemort, in the Bouches-du-Rhône region of southern France. The plant was built with 265 W panels and has an installed power of 2.1 MW.

“Four years after the commissioning of this 33,000m² greenhouse, our feedback is positive, with a yield of four tons/hectare for this first year of growing green asparagus from Provence, after a period of diversified cultivation including zucchini, turnips, [and] sweet potatoes during the first three years and a production of 3.1 GWh of green electricity, which is the equivalent of the consumption of 700 households, excluding heating,” the company wrote in a detailed report. For 2022, the expected agricultural yield is expected to increase to nine tons/hectare.

To date, 75% of solar power plants operated by Tenergie are linked to the agricultural world, such as greenhouses or the renovation of roofs of agricultural buildings. In France, Tenergie owns and operates a fleet of more than 1,000 solar and wind power plants with an installed capacity of 615 MW.

French photovoltaic greenhouse delivers 3.1 GWh and 4 tons/hectare of asparagus in one year – pv magazine International