The concept to install Solar powered Greenhouses has gained popularity in recent times, due to the rising concerns about occupying cultivable lands to develop solar power projects. One such similar concept is Agrivoltaic. Also, with the objective to increase farmers' income.

Solar Panel For Greenhouse

A Greenhouse With Semitransparent PV Modules Shows Energy Fluxes

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Greenhouses allow year-round farming. However, they tend to consume a lot of energy as they need to be kept at an optimum temperature throughout the season. I also have various devices that are running all the time. For this reason, solar panels for greenhouses increase efficiency in this area.

An increasing number of people are using solar technology in agriculture. This practice allows us to reduce our carbon footprint while producing healthy plants. Let's take a look at everything you need to know about PV panels for greenhouses.

Greenhouses and Solar Energy Technology

In just a few decades of innovation in solar energy, solar energy have become one of the most reliable sources of energy. The latest technology for solar energy is the greenhouse. Farmers and gardening enthusiasts can now purchase photovoltaic solar panels for their greenhouses. Photovoltaic modules specially developed for this sector can generate renewable energy.

In addition to generating clean energy, these solar panels use light-altering dyes to aid plant photosynthesis. Panels block the sunlight that plants rely on to make food, so experts don't think this is a good idea in a typical setting. Generate power without giving

Additionally, these photovoltaic systems provide much-needed cooling in the summer. Solar panels are designed to take advantage of the sun's annual oscillations.

Traditionally, farmers and businesses have relied on oil to produce enough energy to run their greenhouses. However, oil prices are rising, which is having a negative impact on the environment. Today, most people prefer types of energy that have less impact on the planet and promote environmental protection.

Advantages of Solar Panels for Greenhouses

1. Cost Savings

Greenhouses generally consume a lot of energy. Energy helps maintain critical greenhouse processes, lighting, and proper temperatures throughout the year. This can result in relatively high electricity bills. Power outages can also occur, causing crop damage that affects yields and profits.

Solar energy for greenhouses is a breakthrough. The only requirement is to install a solar system to increase the energy efficiency of the greenhouse. This reliance on natural resources reduces or eliminates energy bills. Long-term electricity bill savings are an attractive incentive.

2. Greenhouses can be built anywhere

The sun is not limited to one place. As a result, a greenhouse can be built anywhere for this convenience. However, if you rely on electricity, you can only install it near power lines. This can be a limitation, especially for farms located in remote areas from this utility.

3. Reduce or Avoid Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The solar greenhouse eliminates normal greenhouse gas emissions. As such, it is environmentally friendly as it reduces your carbon footprint. Investing in solar panels for your greenhouse will reduce the impact on your crops.

4. Increase Efficiency and Effectiveness

Using other energy sources to power the greenhouse requires temperature control. But the use of modern solar technology prevents heat from flowing into the greenhouse.

Did you know that you can store extra energy for later use?

On cold days, you can use the stored energy to keep your greenhouse at the desired temperature. Properly designed and installed photovoltaic systems can cool greenhouses and improve efficiency. It also leads to the production of tastier fruits and vegetables.

Kinds of PV Panels for Greenhouses

Greenhouses can use any Solar Panel

These panels may vary in price and efficiency. However, it uses silicon technology.

i) Monocrystalline Solar Cells

If you have ever researched solar modules, you may have come across this name. These cells are manufactured using monocrystalline silicon technology. Their dark colour and cylindrical shape distinguish them from other species. It also offers the best performance.


  • Highest efficiency at 15-20%

  • High efficiency requires less space

  • Long-term warranty of approximately 25 years

  • Better performance with less solar radiation, ideal for cloudy days


  • Its high cost of acquisition

  • Waste of material during manufacturing

ii) Polycrystalline solar cells

Silicon is melted and then cast into a square shape, unlike monocrystalline cells where the silicon is cut four times. These shapes form a perfect square.


  • Monocrystalline cells are more expensive and difficult to manufacture

  • Optimal use of silicon

  • Increasing temperature does not significantly affect these cells, making them suitable for hotter climates


  • Purity of silicon

iii) Thin Film Solar Cells

This type of solar cell technology uses stacked thin layers of photovoltaic power. There are many different types of thin film solar cells, all with different materials used for the layers.

  • Amorphous Silicon

  • Cadmium Telluride

  • Copper Indium Gallium Selenide

  • Organic PV Cell

The materials used determine the efficiency of the module. These cell types are growing in popularity around the world. Their efficiency is also getting better and better.

Greenhouse and solar panel technology solves the two biggest challenges in the world of energy self-sufficiency and food security. Efficient greenhouses enable year-round food production

Solar panels in greenhouses produce efficient energy, which brings additional benefits to farmers and agribusiness. It will greatly contribute to the reduction of the ever-increasing electricity bill. This technology cools the greenhouse and increases efficiency. Greenhouse PV panels also have a less negative impact on the planet. Solar panels have redefined the greenhouse economy as we know it.

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Add-on: Real-time Solar Greenhouses

Solar-powered greenhouse model developed by students generates 50% more than what the greenhouse consumes.

Real-time Solar Greenhouses

In Barcelona's Sierra de Collserola Natural Park, a group of architecture students recently built a prototype solar greenhouse that can grow its own food and generate its own energy. The 130-square-meter greenhouse made from locally grown pine sits on a small lot next to Valldura Labs, a self-sufficient habitat research center. Although the greenhouse is in nature, the concept can be replicated on urban rooftops or in refugee camps where it is difficult to meet basic needs such as food and energy.

Point Of Action

Want to harness the potential of solar energy in agriculture? Solar panel greenhouses are a new technology that can help reduce your carbon footprint and increase your production. Contact us at Waaree.

How Waaree can Help?

Waaree Energies Ltd. is the flagship company of Waaree Group, founded in 1989 with headquarters in Mumbai, India. It has India's largest Solar panel manufacturing capacity of 5GWs at its plants in Surat and Umbergaon in Gujarat. Waaree Energies is amongst the top players in India in Solar Panel Manufacturing, EPC Services, Project Development, Rooftop Solutions, and Solar Water Pumps and is also an Independent Power Producer. Waaree has its presence in over 380 locations nationally and 20 countries internationally. Step on to your cleaner journey by contacting us at 18002121321or mail us at

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