The new agricultural revolution: the benefits of agrivoltaics
In the world of Italian agriculture, an innovative system is taking its first steps that is able to produce renewable energy and carry on agricultural activities on the same land. This is agrivoltaics, an approach that combines photovoltaic technology with traditional agricultural practices to create a sustainable and efficient food production system.
Agrivoltaics involves installing solar panels over crops to generate clean energy while providing shade and protection to crops. The advantages of this technique are several:
Efficient use of land
The installation of elevated solar panels on farmland makes it possible to optimize the use of space while simultaneously producing clean energy and food.
With the elevation of solar panels, the land is protected from erosion and desertification, and remains fertile and ready for cultivation. In addition, maintaining the cover and vegetation counteracts soil decarbonization.
Energy produced by solar panels can be used for irrigation, lighting or other activities that require energy consumption, reducing costs and improving farm profitability.
Reducing the water requirements of crops
Especially during warmer seasons, shade and protection help minimize water requirements, reducing water evaporation and keeping soils moist.
In addition to the environmental benefits, agrivoltage offers new opportunities for collaboration between agronomists, companies, research centers and local institutions, presenting an opportunity for rural electrification and increasing the overall profitability of farms and communities.
The only way to a more sustainable and natural resource-friendly future is through ecological transition, particularly the energy transition, and agrivoltaics is a valuable tool in this regard, with the potential to revolutionize the world of sustainable agriculture.