During the SolarPower Summit, SolarPower Europe released the Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines. This report, developed by SolarPower Europe’s Agrisolar workstream is a continuation of the “Agrisolar briefing” published in 2020, which shed light on the main business models and benefits of Agrisolar. These new guidelines focus on establishing standards and best practices for different Agrisolar business models, in order to build trust and create a dialogue with policymakers, support the harmonisation of national frameworks, and advise local and international actors on how to successfully develop Agrisolar projects.
Agrisolar is a rapidly expanding sector with incredible potential. It brings together two major sectors of the economy: agriculture and energy. The first edition of the SolarPower Europe Agrisolar Best Practices Guidelines represents a fruitful collaboration between the solar and agricultural stakeholders, to enhance synergies to advance the energy and climate transition. Collaboration between these two sectors is essential for tackling one of the most important issues at the core of our modern livelihood, food production, and electricity generation: access to land. Agrisolar enables society to move away from the traditional land-use competition towards a new paradigm based on synergies between agriculture and renewable energy. Moreover, Agrisolar can deliver a much-needed boost to sustainable rural development and can increase biodiversity protection.
SolarPower Europe launched the Agrisolar Workstream in April 2020 amid the largest health and economic crisis of the last hundred years. The Workstream plans to leverage the EU’s renewable energy ambition to achieve the nine objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy. The ambition is to foster a more sustainable and qualitative agriculture, which is respectful of its environment and able to cope with the increasing environmental hazards related to climate change.