The European Commission is currently reviewing Italy’s new agricultural electricity rules. They define which “innovative agri-electricity systems” are eligible for the Italian government’s 1.1 billion euro ($1.2 billion) incentive scheme for agri-electricity.
The Italian Ministry of Environment and Energy Security has announced a new incentive system to support innovative agricultural solutions. The Italian government has submitted the new regulations to the European Commission and now has to wait for its approval.
The system is a part the country’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) and has a budget of €1.1 billion, which should be enough to deploy around 1.04 GW of solar capacity by June 2026.
Only agricultural electricity projects with vertical installation structures or high-efficiency innovative solar modules can participate in the scheme. Selected developers will be granted discounts of up to 40% on the initial purchase and installation costs of PV systems. They are granted feed-in tariffs for the energy they feed into the grid.
The new regulation also defines “advanced agrovoltaic systems”. They must include innovative installation solutions that place the solar modules on the ground without jeopardizing the continuity of agricultural operations. In general, the new regulations define “advanced agrovoltaic systems” as complex systems that increase production potential while ensuring the continuity of agricultural operations.