A dual land-use approach responds to renewable energy production needs, while simultaneously enhancing the value of agricultural production. Specifically, it facilitates climate adaptation measures and increases the agricultural sector’s resilience towards climate crises, by providing optimal protection of crops in extreme weather conditions.
Other benefits include an increase in land efficiency, an increase in water and other natural resource efficiencies, improved crop yields, soil health, and biodiversity enhancement. In parallel, Agri-PV can boost the local economy, and support rural development. To maximise these benefits, the Sustainable Agricultural Concept (SAC) needs to be followed. To ensure high quality Agri-PV projects, adequate planning, and project design need to be considered at an early stage, as well as throughout the project development and operation phase.
The aim of this report is, therefore, to review the existing Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines, and provide updates on:
Sustainable Agriculture Concept and three-star benchmark system
These updates will include additional criteria included in the SAC.
Existing EU Agri-PV projects
These updates will include data on crop yield, water and soil efficiency, biodiversity enhancement, and socio-economic benefits.
Innovation in Agri-PV
These updates will include an overview of new pilot projects and demonstrators, new research projects, and innovation trends in the sector.
EPC and O&M best practices
Outline of unique EPC and O&M considerations, with implications on the
design, installation, and operation of both the solar system, and the agricultural process.
Download SolarPower Europe's Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines. Version 2
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