Agrivoltaics – A Contribution to Resource-Efficient Land Use

The costs for photovoltaic-plants on open land are constantly sinking.  Experts expect that such plants will be economically profitable and independent of financial subsidies from the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) within five to eight years. This is increasingly generating new business models that rely on new use forms of the cultivated landscape. These new demands on rural space however also bring new challenges such as the increasing demand for open land. The competition for use of open land is increasing and is driving up the leasing prices in agriculture. The Innovation Group APV-RESOLA is developing and exploring a new form of photovoltaic plants in which the agricultural land can continue to be used for growing crops as well as for generating electricity.

source: Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Project duration

01.03.2015 – 31.12.2020


Max Trommsdorff

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Heidenhofstr. 2,
79110 Freiburg

Tel.: +49 761 / 45 88-2249



Project partners


  • BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH
  • Elektrizitätswerke Schönau, Vertriebs GmbH
  • Hofgemeinschaft Heggelbach
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Regionalverband Bodensee-Oberschwaben
  • Universität Hohenheim