AGRIVOLTAICS BY SOLARIS

Showcasing the Principals & Benefits of Combining Solar & Agriculture

The Putney School

Location: Putney, Vermont

Size: 446 kW

Lifetime Production: 10,548 MWh

Lifetime CO2e Offset: 8,432 Metric Tons

Agrivoltaics on site: Agricultural animal grazing among the PV panels. This creates shade and provides nutrients for the animals, while offering free vegetation maintenance for the property. The grazing animals provide, education, food and wool for students and staff.

The Solinator Garden

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Size: 1 MW

Lifetime Production: 36,122 MWh

Lifetime CO2e Offset: 25,819 Metric Tons

Agrivoltaics on site: The community solar site for City of Fort Collins bumps up against open space and becomes an extension of habitat for local birds, bugs, and bees through native pollinator plants and grasses. The tall grasses under the panels keep them cooler in hot summer months, which increases production. Research projects commenced, in progress, and in discussion for the property include student and national lab studies to determine benefits to animal wellfare, dry crop agrivoltaic yields, soil moisture and carbon capture.

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Colorado State University

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Size: 360 kW

Lifetime Production: 14,196 MWh

Lifetime CO2e Offset: 8,200 Metric Tons

Agrivoltaics on site: The groundmount site is located on the site of the Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center at Colorado State University. Sheep graze among the PV panels. This creates shade and provides nutrients for the animals, while offering free vegetation maintenance for the property. Given the location there is also the opportunity for students of the school to conduct research related to agrivoltaics.