Renewable energy producer Boralex and pioneer of agrivoltaism and global leader Sun'Agri have joined forces to develop agrivoltaics in France and Europe by designing new solar power plants that help protect farms from increasingly challenging weather conditions.
With this year's intense spring frosts that impacted French crops, it has become more relevant than ever to provide new solutions to farmers, such as agrivoltaics, as they adapt their methods to our changing climate. Through the use of solar louvres designed and programmed to meet plants' ideal conditions, agrivoltaics can help manage available sunlight or shade, thereby increasing crop quality and quantity.
Boralex has joined forces with Sun'Agri to help expand the agrivoltaic sector and accelerate its development across France and Europe. This partnership consists of a 10-year framework, with Boralex working exclusively with Sun'Agri to develop agrivoltaic projects in the European Union. The company will be able to leverage its expertise on energy projects' benefits to agriculture and will in turn be able to rely on Sun'Agri for agronomic support and louvre management.
Sun'Agri is the pioneer and world leader in agrivoltaics. In 2018, following nearly 10 years of research and development, the company inaugurated the world's first dynamic agrivoltaic demonstrator (4.5 ha) in Tresserre (66), France.
Boralex develops, builds, and operates renewable energy production sites in Europe and North America. The company produces more than 1 GW of wind and solar power in France and 2,455 MW worldwide. Guided by the diversification component of its 2023 strategic plan, Boralex and key partners are committed to developing co-utilisation projects adapted to the various territories where it operates.
"I'm delighted to announce this partnership with Boralex, a leading renewable energy player who's driving the shift towards a greener world, and with whom we'll accelerate the important development of agrivoltaics," said Antoine Nogier, President and Founder of Sun'Agri.
"At Boralex, we strive to provide affordable and renewable energy for everyone. That's why we're thrilled to join forces with Sun'Agri. Combining our complementary skills and values will enable usto adapt solar power production to localized agricultural needs. Together, we'll carry out agrivoltaic projects that contribute to improved agriculture in Europe," said Nicolas Wolff, Vice-President and Managing Director, Boralex Europe.