Deliberation Topic: The use of agrovoltaics for food and land use in Europe

Discussion prompts:

Land use has two main parameters in agriculture to produce energy and crop yields. Agrovoltaics offer a dual solution by placing photovoltaic (PV) panels over agricultural land. More advanced options also adjust shading positions according to sun exposure
to maximize yield production. Research is still in its initial stages in Europe. You may use the references listed below to create a more educated discussion.

Issue Stances:

  • Widen implementation across Europe by providing funding options to farmers.
  • Maximize the storage capacity and flow before mass implementation.
  • Continue the testing period for over a 3-4 year period.
  • Find alternative sources of energy.


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Vanino, S., Pirelli, T., Di Bene, C., Bøe, F., Castanheira, N., Chenu, C., … & Farina, R. (2023).
Barriers and opportunities of soil knowledge to address soil challenges: Stakeholders’
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