Our agrivoltaic solutions

We are developing agrivoltaics solutions that make it possible to combine agricultural and solar energy production, with a synergy between the two systems. Our solutions guarantee a long-term income for the owner and the operator.

Our vision of Agrivoltaics

At TSE, we are determined to reconcile sustainable agriculture, green energy, the redeployment of biodiversity and the preservation of water resources.

The agrivoltaic solutions that we develop, hand in hand with the agricultural world, produce the best of solar energy for the best of crops. All our solutions are equipped with rotating solar panels that generate partial and rotating shade that is beneficial for crops and livestock.

We have launched an ambitious program of several pilot sites, which makes it possible to experiment on a very wide number of plant species and varieties, as well as several types of farming, throughout France.

The benefits from agronomics of partial and rotating shading

Lower temperatures on the plot and protection against light in summer
Limiting evo-perspiration, water stress and water saving
Reduced risk of spring frost
Improvement of animal welfare through shading and shelter in case of bad weather
  • Solution adapted to all field crops
  • Structure compatible with agricultural machinery: 5 meters high, 27 meters wide
  • Optimized crop protection against climatic hazards

The agricultural canopy

  • Solution adapted to field crops
  • Flexible layout according to the terrain
  • Intelligent control of solar panels to meet the agro-climatic needs of crops and the needs of the operator

The cultural shade

Solutions agrivoltaiques de TSE, ombrière de culture
  • Solution for cattle, sheep and goat farming with minimum heights adapted under the panels
  • Compatibility with agricultural machinery: up to 15 meters of passage
  • Improving animal welfare through shading and sheltering under panels

The breeding shade

  1. Solution adapted to fallow land
  2. Low land footprint leaving more space for ecological management and the development of biodiversity
  3. Protection of the plot and its ecosystems against drought

The solar fallow

Steps Of your project

Land identification

A few weeks

Project development

6 to 24 months

Engineering and R&D

Throughout the project

Financing, valuation & sale

Throughout the project

Construction

6 months minimum

Connection

12 to 36 months

Operation & maintenance

Throughout the project

The scores of our demonstrators

-75%
number of stressful days throughout the cycle (Amance, 2022)
an equal or greater number of hours in optimal climate conditions under the canopy for 4 of the 5 indicators taken into account (Amance, 2023)
Up to 25% difference in yield between varieties under the canopy and 19% on the control (Amance, 2022)
No significant difference in yield on Soprana soybeans (Amance, 2022)
-4°C in May - June 2023 (for extreme air temperatures) (Amance, 2022)-3.5° C at 30 cm depth from the ground from June to mid-August (Amance 2022)
On the plot, the plants have particularly suffered from thermal and water stress in recent years, with high thermal amplitudes and especially long periods without water which have impacted plant growth and yields, especially in wheat and potatoes. Warming is also progressively and steadily bringing the harvest date forward. So I was looking for solutions to adapt to climate change. Irrigated agrivoltaics is one of the possible answers.
Benoît Bougler, farmer from Brouchy
We took our worst plot to see if we can increase its value, by rent of course, but especially by improving performance I hope. The soil is very light, superficial. We're going to keep our regular rotations. We sowed wheat in October. We plan to follow alfalfa, spring barley and lentils. We will even experiment with sunflowers, which are usually not suitable for this type of soil, to measure the effect of the canopy.
Jean-François Cortot, farmer from Verdonnet
It was important to us to maintain agricultural production, which is our core business, while being able to produce electricity in the heart of the territories. The TSE agricultural canopy is the one that seemed to us to be the most flexible and the most open: All our equipment passes under the structure positioned 5 m high.
Sylvain Raison, farmer from Amance

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why Choose us

Expertise

French and independent photovoltaic expert since 2016

Proximity

More than 270 employees spread as close as possible to territories all over France

Growth

2.5 GWc under development in France. Objective of 5 GWp by 2025

Presence

A team of experts to support farmers and develop the most appropriate solutions

Commitment

A society committed to biodiversity

Questions ?

 
What is the minimum surface area to install an agrivoltaic structure?

The minimum area to install an agricultural canopy is 4 hectares. For a dynamic shade solution such as crop shade, livestock shade or solar fallow, the minimum area is 10 hectares.

 
How do I know if my plot is eligible for an agrivoltaic project?

Initially, our teams will study your needs and agricultural practices with you, to offer you the most suitable solution. A study of your plots will then be conducted to verify compatibility in terms of topography, zoning, access, distance to the connection point, etc.

 
How long should I sign up for?

A long-term lease, called emphyteutic, is signed between the owner, the operator and TSE for a period of 40 years. During this period, the owner and operator will receive annual remuneration.

 
Can I keep my rural lease?

The lease that we are setting up does not relate to the plots but to aerial volumes, located above the ground surface and which include the panels and the structure in height. So you can keep your rural lease. Only these aerial volumes will be subtracted from the initial rural lease.

 
Who pays for the agrivoltaic installation?

The construction of our agrivoltaic solutions, as well as environmental studies, administrative and legal procedures, the maintenance of structures and their dismantling are fully taken care of by TSE. There are no investment costs associated with setting up the project for the farmer.

 
What remuneration is provided in return for the project?

An annual remuneration is paid to the farmer throughout the duration of the project. This amount is divided between the owner and the operator of the land. TSE is also committed to sharing the value created. A variable part of the rent will thus be paid to the operator, based on the turnover generated by the sale of electricity from the installed agrivoltaic solution.

 
What happens at the end of the project?

The owner may want to keep the agrivoltaic structure at the end of the lease and thus become the owner. Otherwise, TSE will dismantle the structure at its own expense so that the plot can be rehabilitated. A collection and recycling organization will also come to collect the panels and recycle them.