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Under the Var sun in Rians, the panels Photovoltaics produce electricity and are a bulwark against climate change for the vines of Gautier Hugues, which were regularly damaged by extreme episodes of hail or high heat.
Now the panels solar panels play the role of a parasol above his vineyard. He can deploy them depending on the weather conditions and hang anti-hail nets. “What we want is to make a living from our profession, he confides. What is needed is to pass the course and invest in what it takes to manage to survive, quite simply. ” While his vine grows, the panels store energy, enough to supply the equivalent of 40 homes with electricity.
Agrivoltaism represents 13% of solar energy production in France. In addition, more and more farmers are choosing to cultivate under panels, kiwis, aromatic herbs or flowers. Anthony Frémiot, in Hyères, has decided to invest to protect his peony production. Last year, he lost 50% of the profit on his farm due to the vagaries of the weather, and decided to borrow 150,000 euros. He resells the energy produced by panels to the electricity supplier, which should cover his investment.