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Photovoltaic Applications in Horticulture and Agriculture (UC Davis)

Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Room
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University of California
Davis, CA 95616

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Photovoltaic Applications in Horticulture and Agriculture
Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, Alpha Gamma Rho Room
University of California, Davis
May 16, 2011 (Monday)
8:00am - 6:00pm

The University of California Nursery and Floriculture Alliance

in partnership with


This program explores opportunities related to plant production in the shadow of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in agriculture and horticulture. Farms, nurseries and ranches represent open space where traditionally all solar energy harvesting has been done with plants. However, in terms of economic biomass produced per solar energy unit, the use of plants alone is relatively inefficient. Significant technological advances in photovoltaics have recently generated strong interest in the use of PV electricity in conjunction with agricultural operations.

Professor Heiner Lieth of the Plant Sciences Department at UC Davis will present the results of his research on plant growth in a shade house constructed with Solyndra solar panels.


Time Title Description
8:00am Registration
8:30am Introductions
8:45am Introduction to Photovoltaic Electricity Production How PV works
Components of a typical PV system
Various PV Technologies
Benefits of PV
9:30am PV Applications in Agriculture Overview of PV applications on shade houses and greenhouses and their benefits
Development of PV greenhouses in Italy and Europe
Challenges and opportunities in California and the US
10:15am Break
10:30am Growing Plants Under PV Panels in Horticulture
Overview of greenhouse and nursery production and horticultural crops
Introduction to UC Davis/Solyndra shade house research project
11:30am Lunch and Tour to Shade House Tour led by Professor Lieth
1:30pm Horticultural Plant Production Under Solyndra Shade Panels- Research Results Presentation of research results from UC Davis/Solyndra shade house project
Discussion of specific nursery products
2:30pm Energy Policy and Incentives California Energy Policy 101
Currently available rebate and incentive programs
3:30pm Break
3:45pm Changing the Face of Horticulture and Field-Based Agriculture: New Opportunities for Sustainable Plant Production The work by Prof. Lieth’s group suggests how the combination of PV and soilless plant production can result in increases in production while reducing agricultural pollution.
4:30pm Q&A
5:00pm Networking Reception
6:00pm Adjourn

Continuing Education units applied for: Certified Crop Advisor (CCA)

Regular Registration: $75 per person
Student Registration: $45 per person (with student ID)

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Parking on the UC Davis campus is $6.00 per day (not included in registration)

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