Solarvation

Lelystad, Netherlandswww.solarvation.nl/
Invested through
  • Triodos Groenfonds
Asset ClassesPrivate debt
Impact strategyEnergy and Climate
Tonnes of CO₂ emissions avoided7,721
Capacity (in MW)28
Number of households provided with clean electricity8,038
Amount of clean electricity produced (in MWh)24,524
Aligned with SDGs

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Solarvation works on developing a test version of what the founders believe will become the farm of the future. Near the town of Lelystad, next to the Solarvation I and II solar parks, they build a research and education centre for conducting trials that will help farmers make agriculture more sustainable. Solarvation is developing modular, mobile solar systems. The installation consists of movable solar panels that fit well with the principles of organic crop rotation. This allows agricultural land to remain productive year-round, while the farmer can at the same time generate sustainable power. Underneath the panels, crops can grow up to 70 cm high, which is enough for growing white clover or other biodiversity enhancing crops that naturally enrich the soil or for growing onions, carrots, cabbage or spinach. The plan also allows for the use of hydrogen electrolysis, addressing the limitations of the Dutch power grid for large-scale solar power. If the power is converted into hydrogen, farmers may use that as fuel for their tractors, other farming machinery and cooling systems.