Gilberto Picchetto, Environment and Energy Secrity Minister, has approved the proposed decree to promote the construction of innovative agri-voltaic plants. The ministerial decree provides for the recognition of an incentive consisting of a capital contribution of up to 40 per cent of eligible costs and an incentive tariff on the share of electricity produced and fed into the grid. The NRP allocates to this investment financial resources amounting to almost 1.1 billion euro with the goal of installing at least 1.04 GW of agrovoltaic plants by 30 June 2026.

The text has now been sent to the European Commission, from which the go-ahead will have to be given for the actual entry into force.

“Energy autonomy is also built by focusing on the agricultural vocation of a large part of our country. Today the challenge, which this decree interprets with great care, is to make agricultural excellence coexist in the fields with new solutions for generating clean energy, opening up opportunities for growth in the sector under the banner of sustainability and care for the environment. Together with the Energy Communities, this is probably one of the most qualifying measures to change our country’s energy paradigm from the ground up and look to the future”, said Minister Picchetto.
The ministerial decree specifically provides for the recognition of an incentive consisting of:

  • a capital grant of up to 40 per cent of eligible costs, and
  • an incentive tariff on the share of electricity produced and fed into the grid.

Innovative construction solutions, mainly with a vertical structure and high-efficiency modules, will be supported.
Two separate power quotas are planned:

– a first quota of 300 MW intended only for the agricultural sector for plants of up to 1 MW;
– a second one also open to temporary associations of companies composed of at least one entity from the agricultural sector for plants of any power.

A fundamental element of the measure to ensure the implementation of projects that generate competing agricultural/energy benefits and evaluate their effects over time is the monitoring system. In fact, it is envisaged that these installations will ensure the continuity of the agricultural and pastoral activity underlying the installation for the entire useful life of the installations, and that the microclimate, water saving, soil fertility recovery, resilience to climate change, and agricultural productivity for different types of crops will be monitored.
The NRP allocates financial resources of almost EUR 1.1 billion to this investment.
The manager of the entire measure and access to the incentive mechanism is the GSE.