Farmers fulfil an essential task: They provide us with food. But as the population is growing, farmland is becoming a scarce resource. On top of that, droughts, heavy rains and storms endanger crop yields. Income is failing, and more and more farms have been forced to close down.
Agri-Photovoltaics solves the problem: With the generation of solar power, farmers can rely on another financial pillar. At the same time, they can continue to use the agricultural land as usual.
Whether it’s machine-intensive farming, fruit and wine growing, or fruit harvests that require a lot of light, we can find the right agri-photovoltaic system for any agricultural area and equip the farm for the future.
We will advise you individually!
Our patented spider anchor technology for the substructure is modeled on a tree root. Easy-to-mount threaded rods of different lengths take over the securing of the anchor plate in the ground and allow the adaptation to large bearing loads. The construction of a concrete base is not necessary. This ensures low soil compaction and fully deconstructable superstructures.
Our concrete-free anchoring device can be dismantled without leaving any residue in accordance with DIN SPEC 91434 in the soil and has been patent-protected since September 2019.
Optimum fruit and energy harvesting, soil-friendly assembly and ensuring efficient management: All AgroSolar Europe system types are characterised by innovative technical features that make them a future-proof investment:
Our aim is to actively contribute to a sustainable future while strengthening farms. The aim of AgroSolar Europe is to actively contribute to a sustainable future and strengthen farms. The way there is clear: Our society must become more sustainable on a social, economic and environmental level. Only through joint commitment can the targeted climate goals be achieved – and our agri-photovoltaic systems can also make an important contribution to this:
In Germany, the demand for electricity is around 600 terawatt hours (TWh) per year. Of this, 9 per cent is currently generated from solar energy and 24 per cent from wind energy. However, due to the Paris Climate Agreement and the planned energy turnaround in Germany, the share of sustainable and renewable energies must be increased in order to achieve the climate targets: As early as 2030, 65 percent of the energy used is to come from renewable sources, and by 2050 at the latest, the electricity generated and consumed in Germany is to be greenhouse gas neutral. These milestones were set out in the Renewable Energy Sources Act 2021 (EEG 2021), which came into effect in January 2021.
AgroSolar Europe’s agri-photovoltaic systems have the potential to play an important role in the German energy landscape for the energy transition: If four percent of Germany’s arable land were covered with our agri-photovoltaic systems, Germany’s entire energy needs could be met with the energy generated from them.
Therefore, our goal is to expand and secure the production of climate-neutral electricity together with farmers in Germany and other countries.
With agri-photovoltaic systems, humus can be built up in a controlled manner. At the same time, fertiliser consumption is falling. This also promotes the storage of CO2 in the soil – an advantage for the fertility of the fields and for the environment. After three to five years of use of the system and adapted soil cultivation, a significant increase in CO2 storage can be achieved.
“Carbon farming” is the motto of the future: Due to an increased quality of the arable soils, the arable land steadily stores more CO2. The advantage for the environment, which should also pay off financially for our customers in the future, is that certificates can be traded with the stored CO2.
Our team is currently working on a concept of how such CO2 certificate trading could work here in Germany. We are firmly convinced that this market will help determine the future of the agricultural industry and that trading in CO2 certificates will serve farms as another source of income in the future.
Unpredictable events can affect the results of energy production. Our yield guarantee eliminates this risk of solar power production: In cooperation with renowned insurance partners, we offer you an innovative insurance solution. As part of the contracting process, a yield report for electricity generation is prepared based on exact data on the agricultural land – i.e. an annual energy yield is forecast.
If, after one year, the electricity production falls short of a certain percentage due to a reduced number of hours of sunshine, there is a shortfall in yield, which is financially covered by the insurance. In addition, we offer a functional guarantee that applies to the following components of our Agri-photovoltaic systems: