Roberto Cingolani, Minister for Ecological Transition, declared himself in favour of agrivoltaics: “Our agrivoltaic model, which I have already discussed with the main organisations in the sector, is vertical and does not involve panels on the ground. The panels are raised and allow cultivation underneath. Without touching a centimetre of soil, the system makes the farm self-sufficient in energy.
Agriculture Minister Stefano Patuanelli spoke positively of the measure in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. He pointed out, however, that it is necessary to draw up clear guidelines on incentive mechanisms. “Because otherwise farmers will rent out their land to energy companies that will produce energy, but nothing will be cultivated there,” the minister said during a hearing at the Houses of Parliament.
The PNRR has earmarked €1.1 billion for agrivoltaics, but it is not yet clear how the resources will be disbursed to the territories. In any case, a further boost will come from the National Energy Agency’s (Enea) initiative for sustainable agrivoltaics. The proposal aims to involve public bodies and businesses in sharing know-how for the development of new business opportunities and projects to combat global warming.
Enea’s objective is to increase installed power by 30 GW. According to the agency’s estimates, it would be enough for 0.32% of Italian agricultural fields to be covered by photovoltaic systems in order to reach 50% of the objectives of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC).
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