Farmers Grow Crops And Generate Electricity In New Project
Farmers in Israel are to grow crops and generate solar energy on the same land.
TeraLight, a renewable energy company, has joined forces with French company Sun’Agri, which has professional expertise in the field of agrovoltaics – the use of the same land for solar energy and agricultural products.
TeraLight will supply its solar panels, and Sun’Agri its software solution, which can fully control the angle of the solar panels to optimize the plant’s needs as well as electricity production in real-time.
The pilots are expected to take place by the end of the year, in two moshavs (agricultural communities) in the Ta’anakh and Jordan Valley regions.
The solar panels will be installed at a height, and on moving axes, so that they can track the sun and still allow the use of modern agriculture technologies.
They will also provide the plants protection from the sun, heat, cold, wind, and hail.
“This strategic partnership with Sun’Agri will enable TeraLight to offer Moshavim, Kibbutzim and agricultural land owners all over Israel a significant value proposition,” said Rani Lifshitz, CEO of TeraLight.
“In this framework, TeraLight will bring its high capabilities in the field of building solar projects, as well as its connections with the Moshavim movement.
“Sun’Agri, being a company with extensive experience in the field of agro-voltaic in France with many projects connected to the electricity grid, will bring to the partnership the proven experience, technological solutions and professional knowledge in the field of agro-voltaic and together we will build a significant backlog of projects in Israel.
“TeraLight constantly continues to implement the company’s strategy for the expansion and improvement of our activities in Israel and abroad, including the establishment of the giant Ta’anakh and Jordan Valley projects.”
TeraLight is one of Israel’s leading companies in the field of initiation and development of solar energy, and has a project backlog of about 1,300 MW in Israel.