About Agrisolar

Neoen are proud to be leading the way in combining agriculture with solar or ‘agrisolar’. Parkes Solar Farm was the location of our first sheep grazing trial in 2017 and we’ve had sheep grazing under the panels ever since.

This short video featuring the landowner and grazier at Neoen’s Dubbo Solar Hub explains how well agriculture and solar can combine, bringing some unexpected benefits.

A factsheet is available which summarises Neoen’s initiatives in agrisolar.

What is Agrisolar?

Agrisolar is the co-existence of agriculture and solar power generation on the same land.

All of Neoen’s solar farms including the Eglinton Solar Farm have partnerships with local landowners to graze sheep on the solar farms.

Parkes Trial

Our first sheep grazing trial was conducted at Parkes Solar Farm in 2017 during a high rainfall and high produce year.

It was a joint exercise between Neoen, local landowners and solar construction company Bouygues-Construction.

The 3 week trial involved 400 sheep within a 15 hectares zone to help reduce dry grass under the solar panels in order to manage grass fire hazard.

It successfully showed that this combined land use had positive outcomes for farmers and solar operators.

2019 Expert Review

By 2019 sheep grazing had begun on all five of our operating
solar farms in NSW and Victoria. These activities were
assessed by an independent grazier expert to document
existing practices and make recommendations on how to
integrate grazing into each stage of the solar farm’s lifecycle.

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No change to the grazing productivity potential is expected…compared to as if the land did not host panels. This is explained by the fact that climate conditions are identical except that concentrated water occurs along the edges of the trackers with the potential of allowing for
concentrated feed growth.

Phil Graham
Livestock Specialist

Agrisolar Guide

As pioneers of agrisolar Neoen led an industry -wide initiative to share emerging lessons on agrisolar which resulted in the development of Australia’s first Agrisolar Guide.

Our industry body, the Clean Energy Council brought together research, case studies and lessons from around the world to inform farmers, solar farm operators on ways to integrate agriculture with large-scale solar.

Download the Report here.