SolarPower Europe launches French Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines
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SolarPower Europe launches French Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines

  • SolarPower Europe launches French version of the Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines, with the support of French industry.

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Thursday 6th November 2023): SolarPower Europe’s landmark Agrisolar Best Practice Guidelines are now accessible for solar developers and farmers on the ground across France.

The report, detailing best practices for the installation of solar applications in harmony with agricultural activities, has now been translated into French with the support of our French members Amarenco and Akuo.

Naomi Chevillard, Head of Regulatory Affairs at SolarPower Europe said:The translation of the report will help to cultivate the Agrisolar revolution in France. Thanks to Agrisolar, farmers across Europe are able to reap the benefits of increased crop yields, improved biodiversity, and additional revenue streams.”

Eva Vandest, Head of Public Affairs, Amarenco said:We have come a long way since SolarPower Europe’s Agrisolar Workstream was launched in 2021. Today, Agri-PV is at the heart of public debate. We are proud that these guidelines are now being translated into several languages, starting with French. The report provides a set of highly practical guidelines which will be instrumental in developing the technology, as well as being relevant to the lives of farmers, local players, and solar project developers.”

The report offers a tailored scoring system to evaluate the performance of Agrisolar projects across agricultural, environmental, social, economic, and lifecycle quality criteria. The report also explores real-world examples of Agrisolar projects in the EU, including data on crop yield, water usage, land efficiency, biodiversity enhancement, and socioeconomic benefits.

Alexandra Sombsthay, Vice-President External Relations, Akuo said: “The translation of this report of European best practices occurs at a pivotal moment just as France finalises its regulation for the roll-out of Agri-PV. We shall not forget that Europe was born from a will to work together on two main principles: agriculture to feed our society, and energy to feed our economy. Agri-PV unites these two themes, and with this report we have the opportunity to bring together the key players in Europe: let’s get inspired!”

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