In line with his commitment to fighting climate changeto which the Iberdrola Group is committed renewable energy to move energy transition and the necessary decarbonization Y electrification the economy. The group plans to invest €150,000 million by 2030, which would increase its renewable capacity to 95 GW by the end of this decade.

That photovoltaic solar generation it is one of the main growth pillars of Iberdrola. Because of this, 874 MW of new solar capacity was installed in 2020, helping to reach almost 35 GW of installed renewable capacity globally. Iberdrola has the largest operational photovoltaic system in Europe –Nunez de Balboa (Badajoz), with 500 MWp – and is planning an even larger one: Francisco Pizarrowhich will be located in Cáceres and will have a capacity of 590 MWp.

What’s the challenge

In some cases, the areas where photovoltaic systems are built coincide with unpopulated areas and the rural economy is largely based on agriculture and livestock.

For all these reasons, Iberdrola is – through its International program of startups-PERSEUS– launches this new challenge to identify competitive and innovative solutions that allow combining photovoltaic solar systems with activities related to agriculture, horticulture, livestock or fish farming beekeepingto improve land use.

In doing so, the team of experts of the Renewables division of Iberdrola is looking for innovative solutions that allow complementarity and the creation of synergies between areas destined for activities in the primary sector and photovoltaic solar systems, so that we can boost the local economy, especially in those affected Regions the demographic challenge caused by ongoing depopulation while continuing to fight it climate change and favoring the energy transition.

Therefore, proposals need to explore the combination of photovoltaic solar power generation with one of the following complementary land uses:

Agriculture/Horticulture. Technological proposals are sought to combine different crops with the production of photovoltaic energy.

• Livestock. Technological proposals are being sought to combine different animal husbandry systems with the generation of photovoltaic energy.

• Fish farming. Technological proposals are sought to integrate the production of photovoltaic energy in fish farms.

• Beekeeping or other forms of pollination.

Does your suggestion fit in between?

The proposals will be analyzed by experts from Iberdrola’s Renewables business. Among other things, the following can be considered:

• Solutions that help improve or optimize the productivity of the occupied land and minimize the potential disadvantages of power generation.

• Solutions that contribute to better water management, temperature optimization, heating and cooling of equipment or processes, etc.

• Solutions with competitive investment costs compared to conventional photovoltaic solutions.

• Solutions to minimize the operating and maintenance costs of the photovoltaic systems and the operating costs of the complementary use of land.

• Remote solutions that allow for fully autonomous management.

For his assessment, the investment and operating costs, the sophistication and customization of the proposals for the design of photovoltaic parks, the simplicity of implementation for new and existing parks, the variety of crops to be grown, the maximization of electricity production, to minimize loss of acreage, are possible positive impact on agricultural or livestock productivity, sustainability of the agricultural concept, improvements in biodiversity and carbon sequestration, minimization of environmental impact, water management system that allows its saving and degree of digitization of the proposal to optimize its efficiency.

Support and implementation for the best project

The prize consists of signing a cooperation agreement and a test with PERSEUS or another group company that bears the costs of these activities and provides the winner with the necessary technical support, environment and real data to test the solution and access to equipment, equipment, infrastructure, high-tech sites and areas of common Work.

If the test or proof of concept is satisfactory, Iberdrola could offer the participant the possibility to extend the solution and adopt it through commercial agreements.

Additionally, PERSEO may consider investing in the participating company and/or in the winning solution to the challenge.

The deadline for submitting proposals is June 11, 2021, and the winning project will be announced in September. registration here.

More information at IberdrolaChallenge@iberdrola.es