Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines Vol2

The Agrisolar sector is expanding rapidly, and holds incredible potential. Since the publication of the first volume of SolarPower Europe’s Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines, the world has experienced multiple crises: from COVID-19, to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, provoking an unprecedented energy crisis. Meanwhile, the climate crisis and resulting biodiversity loss, are causing worldwide food insecurity, and an imminent water crisis. Consequently, European institutions and Member States are accelerating the deployment of green initiatives; industries, like solar, are encouraging the uptake of EU Green Deal objectives in all areas of the economy, including agriculture.

In order to tackle these issues, policymakers will play a vital role in developing the frameworks that drive the uptake of protective, dual-land use solar power. Agrisolar is a clear solution, which addresses and guarantees: decarbonisation; energy security; sustainable dual land-use; nature preservation; soil health; and food security. Agrisolar offers a complete solution with multiple economical, social, and environmental benefits. It effectively brings together two major sectors of our society and economy: agriculture and energy. Land is used for both agricultural production, and for photovoltaic (PV) power generation. With agriculture being particularly vulnerable to climate change, solar technologies can be seamlessly integrated into nature-positive solar sites, including dual land-use project types, like onshore floating PV and Agri-PV.

This guide aims to identify Agrisolar solutions for dual-land use, additional revenue schemes for the agriculture sector, and opportunities for greener rural development. These solutions are implemented through: sustainable equipment, local energy production, protection for workers, valorisation of waste, and restoration of degraded lands, requiring human intervention.

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