Agri-voltaics – the combination of agriculture and solar power – is uniquely positioned to address two of the greatest sustainability challenges of our time: biodiversity loss and food production. This is good news for solar, which can further strengthen its revolutionary potential; and for agriculture, which is struggling to provide increasing amounts of food for a growing population and which suffers from climate-related events leading to poor harvests and / or lower yields.
In Europe alone, the potential of agro-voltaics is enormous. According to the industry association SolarPower Europe, “The technical capacity, if Agri-PV were deployed on just 1% of the arable land in the EU, would be over 700 GW. “
Looking further ahead, a 2019 article in Scientific Reports titled “Solar PV Potential is Highest on Cropland,” from Oregon State University concluded that the western United States, the Southern Africa and the Middle East have the greatest agro-PV potential, based on data sets for solar radiation, air temperature, wind speed and humidity.
In this pv magazine Online seminar, a partner of the Soltec initiative and Powertis, a global developer of solar projects, will join us to discuss the different types of agro-voltaics, such as solar greenhouses and elevated installations, and the associated benefits, such as protection against extreme weather conditions and improved soil moisture.
Sustainability and the creation of a circular economy are of particular importance to the manufacturer of photovoltaic trackers. Thus, the potential value creation that this industry offers not only to the solar industry, but also to the local communities where such systems are built, is of the utmost importance.
Speakers Pablo Otin, CEO and co-founder of Powertis, a development division of the Soltec Power Holdings group, and Eduardo De San Nicolás, director of strategy and innovation at Soltec, will present the concepts of agro-voltaics and ecovoltaics – a new way of building solar energy factories to maximize the positive impact of large projects on the environment and the communities in which they are installed by encouraging open dialogue and job creation in the local population, among others advantages.
pv magazine Webinar content
- Agrivoltaics – the different types and their advantages
- The development of sustainable agrivoltaic projects in different markets
- Ecovoltaics – what is it and why is it relevant for the solar industry
- Promotion of a circular economy and value creation through innovation
- Questions and answers
Questions can be submitted in advance or during the webinar via a live chat window. Becky Beetz, Head of Content at pv magazine will be the moderator of this webinar.
Registration for this pv magazine webinar is free.