Employee carrying goji berries into the solar field (PRNewsfoto / Huawei)

1 GW of agro-photovoltaics in Ningxia province. The Baofeng group and Huawei’s solar division are undertaking a gigantic photovoltaic project to “cover” a plantation with Goji berries.

The largest agrovoltaic system in the world?

It will be built in China, in the Binhe New district, on the eastern bank of the Yellow River.

There, the Baofeng group has been working since 2014 to revitalize the arid lands of Ningxia province. Today, a red and blue blanket spans 107 square kilometers of desert, symbolizing the perfect integration between modern technology and traditional agriculture.

The red layer is that of Goji berries, an ingredient in Asian cooking and medicine, which since 2016 has replaced the alfalfa originally planted to improve the soil; the blue layer, for its part, belongs to the new photovoltaic panels of the plantation.

The project, the result of an agreement between the Baofeng group and Huawei’s Solar division, has already installed 640 MW of photovoltaic energy at a height of 2.9 meters, with the aim of increasing the final capacity to 1 GW.

Smart PV Solution Brings Desert Landscape to Life (PRNewsfoto / Huawei)

All modules have single axis auto tracking technology that allows them to move relative to the position of the sun, more than 20% increase in energy production compared to traditional photovoltaic plants.

The agro-photovoltaic plant makes innovation its peculiarity: in addition to Huawei’s 13,000 smart inverters, it has been equipped with a wireless broadband system, remote-controlled drones for aerial inspection and a remote diagnosis, fast and rapid detection. accurately train any failure and even anticipate it.

Of course, the most interesting aspect is the benefits that can be derived from the foray of solar energy into agriculture.

According to Huawei, this photovoltaic power plant is able to effectively reduce the evaporation of moisture from the soil between 30 and 40%; early estimates suggest that the vegetation cover has probably increased by 85%, considerably improving the regional climate.

Going through solar.huawei.com