What is the goal of the investment?
Spread agro-voltaic facilities (half agriculture and half photovoltaic) of medium and large size for sustainable agriculture and energy production from renewable resources. The goal is to reduce the costs of supplying energy to the sector (which today exceed 20 percent of company expenses) and improve climate and environmental provisions, with a potential decrease of 0.8 million tons of Co2.
- Reduce the gaps in standards of living
The agricultural sector is responsible for 10% of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions. The investment proposes to improve climate and environmental provisions and, at the same time, to make agriculture more competitive, reducing energy supply costs (currently estimated at more than 20% of the variable business costs, with even higher peaks for some herbivore and granivore sectors) through the diffusion of agro-voltaic facilities of medium and large size. The measures called for regard, first of all, the implementation of hybrid agriculture-energy production systems that do not compromise the land use dedicated to agriculture, but contribute to the environmental and economic sustainability of the companies involved, potentially also enhancing the water basins with floating solutions. Accurate monitoring of the implementations and their efficacy, with the gathering of data both on the photovoltaic facilities and on the underlying agricultural production and activity, will permit evaluation of the micro-climate, the water savings, the recovery of soil fertility, resilience to climate change, and the agricultural productivity for different types of crops. Install, when operational, a production capacity from agro-voltaic facilities of 1.04 GW, which would produce about 1,300 GWh annually, with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions estimated at about 0.8 million tonnes of CO2.
to have more sustainable agriculture and reduce the sector's impact on the production of greenhouse gases
produce energy from "clean" and renewable sources
make the companies more technological and competitive