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The necessity for clear, renewable vitality is ever rising.
That is why a rising variety of individuals are attempting to transform their land to photo voltaic farms, producing energy as a substitute of produce.
Oh Jung-hee brings to mild the advantages reaped in addition to the unwanted effects and the challenges confronted by farmers who strive their palms on this distinctive diversification.
Standing on the middle of the Korean authorities’s nuclear-free, low-carbon vitality plan… is a necessity to extend the manufacturing and provide of renewable, clear vitality… from the present Four-point-Eight % to 20-percent by 2030.
Photo voltaic farming — producing electrical energy at farms that are not in use — is a a lot mentioned potential answer.
As a result of 10-percent of Korea’s farmland is left idle and putting in photo voltaic panels would not hurt the farms’ ecosystem… farms are shortly turning into locations of electrical energy era.
Further revenue from promoting photo voltaic vitality additionally helps farmers earn extra.
“This farm has photo voltaic panels put in fairly excessive above the bottom,… distanced from one another to attenuate their affect on the expansion of rice vegetation under.”
Farmer Jung Ki-seop manages two farms of the identical measurement, however one with photo voltaic panels and the opposite with out.
It has been a month and a half since he planted the rice crops… and he says, he can already see that putting in photo voltaic panels above rice vegetation would not essentially result in a big drop in complete yield.
“I used to be actually suspicious at first as a result of putting in photo voltaic panels would make shade. I used to be nervous. However, as I now evaluate the rice vegetation under the photo voltaic panels with these not underneath the panels… they each develop properly. In actual fact, these underneath the photo voltaic panels develop higher.”
The farm fulfills its position in producing adequate electrical energy, although the quantity might differ relying on climate every day.
The goal quantity is 350 kilowatt hours a day… and the farm produced over 500 kilowatt hours of electrical energy the day earlier than we had visited.
“All vegetation have a light-weight saturation level, for rice its 70-percent. Meaning solely 70-percent of the daylight helps rice vegetation to develop, and the surplus daylight would not assist a lot. So our thought is to make use of the remaining 30-percent to supply photo voltaic vitality.”
Photo voltaic farming could be a horny choice for farmers, however it might trigger issues if it attracts in too many farmers and an excessive amount of land,… presumably resulting in meals safety issues and even conflicts between these farmers who earn extra via photo voltaic farming and people who do not.
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