The Next2Sun Group con­tin­ues to grow

The youngest mem­ber of Next2Sun GmbH, Next2Sun Pro­jekt GmbH, was found­ed this year and focus­es on the devel­op­ment of ver­ti­cal bifa­cial agri-pho­to­volta­ic plants in Ger­many. The Agri-Pho­to­volta­ic busi­ness seg­ment is one of the most impor­tant mega­trends in the nation­al and inter­na­tion­al pho­to­volta­ic mar­ket. In Ger­many in par­tic­u­lar, sig­nif­i­cant deci­sions are cur­rent­ly tak­ing place for future mar­ket devel­op­ment: With the EEG amend­ment 2021, Agri-Pho­to­volta­ic has been added to the inno­va­tion ten­der seg­ment and is to be par­tic­u­lar­ly sup­port­ed in the com­ing years. In the spring, a DIN spec­i­fi­ca­tion for agri-pho­to­voltaics will be pub­lished, which pro­vides a reg­u­la­to­ry frame­work for this seg­ment. The first fed­er­al states are cur­rent­ly prepar­ing the exclu­sive, land-plan­ning open­ing of agri­cul­tur­al land for agri-pho­to­volta­ic plants.

We take this very pos­i­tive devel­op­ment of the gen­er­al con­di­tions as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to bun­dle our activ­i­ties in this seg­ment in Next2Sun Pro­jekt GmbH and expand them nation­wide. Next2Sun Pro­jekt GmbH takes over the com­plete project pipeline of Next2Sun GmbH as well as the expe­ri­enced devel­op­ment team, which has been devel­op­ing sus­tain­able agri-pho­to­volta­ic projects since 2015. Our goal here is to use our start­ing advan­tage as a pio­neer in agri-pho­to­voltaics and the advan­tages of our con­cept with regard to the com­pat­i­bil­i­ty of agri­cul­ture, ecol­o­gy and ener­gy pro­duc­tion in order to estab­lish our­selves as one of the main play­ers in the seg­ment of agri-pho­to­voltaics in Ger­many. The offer of Next2Sun Pro­jekt GmbH is aimed at farm­ers & own­ers as well as project pro­mot­ers who want to draw on in-depth knowl­edge in the devel­op­ment of Agri-PVA under con­struc­tion law.

The com­pa­ny Next2Sun GmbH was found­ed in order to real­ize a com­plete­ly new pho­to­volta­ic sys­tem con­cept. The result is an inno­v­a­tive agri-pho­to­volta­ic sys­tem that com­bines agri­cul­tur­al use and solar elec­tric­i­ty pro­duc­tion eco­nom­i­cal­ly on the same area. The basic prin­ci­ple of the con­cept is the ver­ti­cal arrange­ment of solar mod­ules that can use sun­light from both the front and the back (“bifa­cial” solar mod­ules). The two active sides are ori­ent­ed to the east and west. The areas between the mod­ule rows can con­tin­ue to be used for agri­cul­ture and emerg­ing flow­er­ing strips offer space espe­cial­ly for the endan­gered insect world and many bird species.

As long-stand­ing actors in the ener­gy tran­si­tion and expe­ri­enced project devel­op­ers, we are attract­ed by the wide range of dif­fer­ent appli­ca­tions and the almost world­wide applic­a­bil­i­ty of our new con­cept. We see the fas­ci­nat­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty to estab­lish an inno­v­a­tive con­cept as a new build­ing block in the renew­able ener­gy mix of the future. We oper­ate local­ly from loca­tions in Berlin, Freiburg im Breis­gau, Merzig an der Saar and Koblenz am Rhein – for the glob­al ener­gy transition.

The new sub­sidiary Next2Sun Pro­jekt GmbH takes over the devel­op­ment of AgriPV projects in Ger­many as an inde­pen­dent unit. Next2Sun Mount­ing Sys­tems GmbH offers the frame sys­tem devel­oped by Next2Sun for ver­ti­cal bifa­cial AgriPV sys­tems to nation­al and inter­na­tion­al cus­tomers and dis­trib­utes the bifa­cial solar fence based on Next2Sun technology.