BayWa has secured funding from the EU’s LIFE Programme to develop many agri-PV projects.
The company’s renewables division secured the €6.5 million funding which will be invested in six sites in several EU markets. The projects will come online by 2027.
According to the company, the projects will prove the benefits for using agri-PV to supplement fruit farming at scale (fruitvoltaics). The sites are located in France, Spain and the Netherlands.
It further stated that the three more projects in Germany, Spain, and Italy will “examine ways to scale up agri-PV alongside arable crops like summer and winter wheat or soya within the EU LIFE LEAD-PV development,” a local report mentioned.
“With these six projects, across five countries, we’re pushing innovative Agri-PV applications into the marketplace. Only if the farming, environment, and energy sectors work hand in hand, can we successfully adapt to climate change while also minimising carbon footprint in farming processes," head of product management agri-PV at BayWa r.e Stephan Schindele, was quoted in a statement.
Under the EU LIFE LEAD-PV program, BayWa r.e. plans to demonstrate the agri-PV supporting farmers to reduce their CO2 emissions in land use.