• BayWa r.e. has Secured €6.5 Million in Funding From the EU’s LIFE Programme to Develop Six Projects by 2027 Combining Agriculture with Solar Power Generation

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    /MUNICH, October 26, 2023, 14:30 GMT, BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy GmbH/ BayWa r.e. has secured €6.5 million in funding from the EU’s LIFE Programme, which will be used to develop six projects across five countries by 2027, combining agriculture with solar power generation. All six projects are either first or significant steps forward for their respective markets. Working closely with EU representatives, landowners, and local communities, BayWa r.e. aims to develop the commercial viability of Agri-PV and to demonstrate its benefits as an effective climate-adaptation strategy for fruit and crop cultivation in Europe. BayWa r.e. has been instrumental in proving the benefits for using Agri-PV to supplement fruit farming at scale (fruitvoltaics). As part of EU LIFE ADAPT-PV, three of these new projects, in France, Spain, and the Netherlands, aim to increase fruitvoltaic projects’ resistance to climate change by providing a combination of crop protection and generation of green solar energy, within an innovative financing model.

  • First Agri-PV Research Facility for Apples in Germany Launched by BayWa r.e., Fraunhofer and Partners

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    /14th October 2021, BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy GmbH, Fraunhofer ISE/ BayWa r.e., a pioneer in Agri-PV solutions, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, together with other research partners, have built the first Agri-PV research facility for apples and espalier fruit at the Nachtwey organic fruit farm in Gelsdorf in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The primary objective of the project, which is funded by the German Ministry of Environment, Energy, Food and Forestry of Rhineland-Palatinate (MUEEF) and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), is to increase climate resilience in fruit growing and to ensure safe and sustainable apple production with additional solar power generation. As part of the project, which will run for five years, numerous factors will be investigated on eight varieties of apple.

  • RWE Plans Innovative Demonstration Plant for Agrivoltaics in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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    /ESSEN, December 22, 2022, 9:30 GMT, RWE/ RWE and Forschungszentrum Jülich want to demonstrate how that can work in the Rhenish lignite mining district. The plan is to generate solar power in tandem with agricultural and horticultural activities on about seven hectares of recultivated land at the edge of Garzweiler Mine in Titz-Jackerath in the district of Düren in North Rhine-Westphalia. The research project is funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia through the programme. For Germany to be able to achieve its climate targets, the land must be made available for the expansion of solar power and innovative plans must be developed. In addition to Floating-PV plants on lakes, agrivoltaics (“Agri-PV”) offers major potential for expansion.

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