Synergies through dual land use.

Societal Change

Agriculture and energy production are much discussed topics in the public.

Since both agricultural practices and the way energy is produced have a direct impact on our cultural landscape and quality of life, it is important to look at the potential impact on society before commercially introducing new technologies.

Additional income for farms

Agrivoltaics enables efficient land use and thereby might diminish land-use conflicts.

Especially with increasing weather extremes due to climate change, an intelligent implementation of agrivoltaics allows to protect crops from hail, sun and wind and thus to secure the economic basis of agricultural businesses.

Furthermore, the income of farms is diversified through the self-consumption and sale of solar energy.

This lays the foundation for a regional food supply of the future.

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Rural development

The participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in the construction and development of agrivoltaics increases local value creation.

Furthermore, the involvement of the local population leads to a higher social acceptance of renewable energies in the long term.

Last but not least, the reduction of land competition between energy production and food production can counteract the trend of rising lease prices and ease the burden on farmers' wallets.

Acceptance and citizen participation

To promote acceptance of agrivoltaics, early involvement of different stakeholders is essential.

Thereby, preferences and fears can be taken into account appropriately and potential conflicts can be identified at an early stage.

Furthermore, a common vision for the energy transition and regional food production can be developed on the basis of this dialogue.

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