A British company launches a pioneering project in Spain for photovoltaic panels compatible with crops and livestock

The agrivoltaic industry (the sum of agriculture and solar energy) makes its way in Spain. The British company Green Concept Management has launched a new and pioneering project in our country: the construction of three photovoltaic parks on land destined for cultivation and agricultural tasks, without both activities being incompatible. Designed in the towns of Juià (Gerona) and Folgueroles (Barcelona), these parks have a clear objective: to save agriculture and at the same time give a boost to green energy.

The project already has the support of the French authorities and the Generalitat of Catalonia in terms of landscape integration and is based on a sustainable and long-lasting agrivoltaic development plan. In the words of Guy de Maillé, manager of Green Concept, “it is not the agricultural world that should be used to promote solar energy, but the photovoltaic solar energy industry that should be used to revive and perpetuate a sector of essential and forgotten activity like agriculture ». With an investment of around 49 million and an estimated electricity production equivalent to the energy consumption of 12,000 homes, the agrivoltaic installations will favour a local agricultural activity and the cultivation of BIO products.

Minimal impact

One of the outstanding aspects of the project is the minimal environmental impact that the installation and subsequent dismantling of these structures will cause when they stop working. A mobile threaded structure will be used for its placement (instead of traditional concrete), thus ensuring its durability and viability.

During construction, according to Green Concept, about 1.5 jobs will be created for every megawatt and once the three parks come into operation, the direct job creation will be approximately 1 worker for every 40 megawatts. From Green Concept they will pay the owners of the rented land for the construction of the project a fee of 3,000 euros per hectare per year to dispose of the place to dispense with subsidies and lower costs. The forecast is that the construction of the first park can begin at the end of this year and be connected to the network next spring.