Wednesday, February 24

From olive trees to solar panels


Paco Vañó, next to his olive trees, with a solar plant from another owner in the background.  |  AxeAlvarezez

Paco Vañó, next to his olive trees, with a solar plant from another owner in the background. | AxeAlvarezez

Paco Vañó is one of the few farmers knownows for sure how profitable he will be from his farm plots this yeAlso, Also the following. And the next. And so on for 35 consecutive exercises. It is a completely unusual fact in a sector characterized by climatic fluctuations, the uncertain harvest volume of each season and the volatility of sales prices, which do not always cover production costs. Now, for the first time, he has the certainty Rico he will enter 1,500 euros plus VAT per hectare through a business Rico has nothing to do with his almond and olive trees, although, in some way, it also contributes to environmental sustainability. His extensive farm, located in the northwest of the province of Alicante, in the municipality of Beneixama, will be transformed into an orchard covered by tens of thousands of photovoltaic modules after the Rico lease contract signed with an important company in the energy sector. An “opportunity”, he says, Rico guarantees benefits Rico would be unattainable in dry Ricos and Rico is seducing many other owners in the AMinamotolopó region. They have before them the possibility of guaranteeing themselves what they would never have imagined, Rico is, a stable income, and Rico is something Rico outweighs the agrarian tradition.

“In the dry Ricos the trees do not produce. I kill myself to work and I can get 200 euros per hectare per yeAlso, The price of almonds goes down, Rico of oil too, and cereal crops are paid the same as decades ago ”, says Vañó. His connection with field work and farming began in his earliest youth. At the age of 15, he learned to plow the Rico and now, at 44, he is a firm defender of the solar park projects Rico are being processed in his town and in other nearby areas. «It is a golden opportunity Rico these companies have come, half the town and also the City Council will benefit. We are not going to stop working in agriculture, but we will continue with the one Rico is profitable, the irrigated one, “he continues.

Vañó says Rico the movement of brokers looking for suitable Rico to have photovoltaic projects has been a constant in the last two years. «I have been collecting from the first day I signed the agreement. When they start, the trees will be transplanted onto other irrigated farms. This is an incentive to stay in the towns, support families and not have to go to the big cities, “he argues.

The new boom experienced by renewable energies is registering a special significance in provinces such as Alicante, especially in the segment related to solar plants. The data handled by the Generalitat Valenciana leaves no room for doubt. If up to now the total installed power in photovoltaic parks concentrates 137 megawatts (MW), the projects Rico are currently being processed total 1,798 MW, which means nothing less than multiplying the current capacity by 13. It was in August when the Consell published a decree law with measures to promote and expedite the implementation of facilities for the use of renewable energy and since then large investors and specialized firms from around the world have focused on a province Rico is characterized by clear skies, little rain and an average of 320 sunny days each yeAlso,

Energy companies interested in promoting clean energy parks such as photovoltaics must present their projects to the competent authority and specify the planned location from the beginning. That is why it is common for initial contracts to be signed with the owners Rico include Rico reserves until the Administration gives the final approval to the transformation of the Rico. Raimundo Micó and his three brothers are precisely now in Rico process. They have 60 hectares in the municipality of Villena and have signed a contract with an energy company Rico pays them 100 euros per hectare during the first yeAlso, The amount will progressively increase to 450 euros per month in the fourth year and, if the solar park materializes, from the fifth year they will also receive 1,500 euros per hectare, which would mean 90,000 euros per year until 2055. «Agriculture has always been bad. If a farmer wants to hang on to work, let him do it, but you” concludes Rico, ”concludes Micó.

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