Iberdrola - Agrivoltaics Startup Challenge

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Overview

Ready to scale your agrivoltaics business? Iberdrola seeks sustainable & innovative PV technologies to integrate in agriculture, horticulture, livestock or fish farming as well as bee-keeping. Apply by 11 June to sign a PoC agreement with the renewables leader & scale your technology. The group plans to invest 150.000 million euros by 2030, raising its renewable capacity to 95 GW by the end of the decade. Iberdrola is seeking low-cost and environmentally-friendly solutions to combine the roll-out of photovoltaic plants and certain primary sector activities in rural areas in a sustainable way. Apply today!

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The Challenge

Solar photovoltaic generation is one of Iberdrola’s main pillars of growth, resulting in the installation of 874 MW of new solar capacity as a contribution towards achieving nearly 35 GW of renewable installed capacity worldwide. Iberdrola has the largest operating photovoltaic plant in Europe – Núñez de Balboa (Badajoz), with 500 MWp – and is planning an even larger one: Francisco Pizarro with a capacity of 590 MWp.

In some cases, the areas where photovoltaic plants are built coincide with sparsely populated zones where the rural economy is based largely on agriculture and livestock production. As a result of this, Iberdrola is seeking low-cost and environmentally-friendly solutions to combine the roll-out of photovoltaic plants and certain primary sector activities in rural areas in a sustainable way.

Iberdrola’s risk capital vehicle, Perseo, is launching this Challenge to identify competitive and innovative solutions that allow combining solar photovoltaic plants with activities related to agriculture, horticulture, livestock, fish-farming or bee-keeping in such a way that they improve the land use.

Through this new Challenge, the team of specialists from Iberdrola’s Renewables division is seeking innovative solutions that allow primary sector activities and solar photovoltaic facilities to complement each other and create synergies on the same land, enabling Iberdrola to promote the local economy, especially in those regions with demographic challenges posed by progressive depopulation, whilst continuing to fight climate change and support the energy transition. 

Focus Areas 

Iberdrola is looking for solutions in 4 main focus areas. In these four areas, your solution can include:

  1. Solutions that contribute towards improving or optimizing the productivity of the land, minimizing the potential penalty for electricity production.
  2. Solutions that lead to better water management, temperature optimization, heat and refrigeration supply for facilities and processes, etc.
  3. Solutions offering competitive investment costs compared to conventional photovoltaic solutions.
  4. Solutions focusing on minimizing the operating and maintenance costs of photovoltaic plants as well as the costs for the complementary land use.
  5. Remotely operated solutions and ones that allow for totally autonomous management.

Additionally, your solution must explore the combination of solar photovoltaic generation with one of the following complementary land uses:

  • Agriculture / Horticulture - Technological proposals to combine different crops with the production of photovoltaic energy. The challenge is open to all type(s) of crops as long as it is clearly indicated in the proposal for which type of crop the proposed technology is best suited.
  • Livestock - Technological proposals to combine different livestock-rearing activities with the production of photovoltaic energy. The challenge is open to all types of livestock rearing provided that the proposal clearly indicates for which type(s) of livestock rearing the proposed technology is best suited.
  • Fish Farming - Technological proposals to integrate the production of photovoltaic energy into fish farming.
  • Bee-keeping / Pollination - Technological proposals to integrate the production of photovoltaic energy into bee-keeping/pollination.

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Eligibility

Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

You are welcome to submit more than one proposal, just make sure to submit a separate application form for each.

The evaluation of your proposal will take into account:

  • Investment and operating costs
  • The maturity of the proposals and their adaptability to the design of photovoltaic plants
  • Simplicity of installation for new and existing facilities
  • The diversity of crops that could be planted
  • Maximization of electricity generation
  • Minimal loss of cultivable land
  • The potential positive impact on agricultural or livestock production
  • Sustainability of the farming concept, improvements in biodiversity, and carbon capture
  • Minimization of the environmental impact
  • Water management system to allow for savings
  • Degree of computerization of the proposal to optimize its efficiency

The proposals will be analyzed by specialists from Iberdrola's Renewables Business Unit.


Dates:

Deadline: June 25, 2021


Cost/funding for participants:

Why Join?

Winning this Challenge will award you with signing a collaboration agreement for the development of a proof-of-concept. The PoC will be developed in collaboration with the technical specialists from the Iberdrola Renewables area. Additionally, Iberdrola covers the costs and provides you with the necessary technical support, giving access to infrastructures and real data to test the solution.

  • Pilot Project - Sign a collaboration agreement with Iberdrola. The project costs are covered & you will get full technical support to test your solution.
  • New Clients - When the pilot project succeeds, Iberdrola will add your solutions to its service territory and relevant companies within the group.
  • Scaling - When the pilot succeeds, Iberdrola may offer you the opportunity to scale up your solution by means of commercial agreements.
  • Possible Investment - When you win, PERSO, the Venture Capital arm of Iberdrola, might consider investing in your solution as well.
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