Commerz Real enters the agri-photovoltaics market with klimaVest: solar power from the field

08.12.2022 5 Reading Time

  • klimaVest impact fund acquires solar park project development with agricultural use near Berlin
  • Green electricity for a computed 19,000 households per year 
  • Project opens new market segment for retail investors
  • Commissioning planned for 2025 – further parks planned

As the first large asset manager in Germany, Commerz Real acquired a project in the field of agri-photovoltaics, or agri-PV for short, for its klimaVest impact fund. Located near Berlin, the park is expected to start operation in 2025 and reach a nominal output of around 50 megawatts. The seller and cooperation partner is Elysium Solar, a joint venture between the consultancy firms EIC Partners from Zurich and LBD-Beratungsgesellschaft from Berlin, which specialise in the energy market. Elysium Solar develops and supports agricultural PV projects together with research and development partners. With the acquisition, Commerz Real is making a large-scale agricultural PV project in Germany accessible to retail investors for the first time. More are expected to follow.

"Agricultural PV is a key technology at the interface between agriculture and renewable energy supply. In the meantime, there are attractive investment opportunities in Germany in this growing segment, which we are now tapping into for our investors"
Yves-Maurice Radwan
Head of Green Deal Infrastructure
“Agri-solar projects offer advantages through multiple use of the same area and enable a balance of interests between nature conservation, agriculture and the energy sector”

Advocates of the technology argue that this could open up new areas for renewable energy generation, especially in densely populated countries such as Germany. The concept is flexible and can be adapted to the specific use and environmental conditions on site as required. In addition, the solar modules can help to shield the harvest from weather influences such as hail or excessive solar irradiation or to improve the microclimate on the cultivated areas.

In the project by Commerz Real and Elysium Solar, the modules are set up in rows and automatically aligned with the course of the sun. Agricultural machinery can be used in the corridors in between. Suitable uses include the cultivation of asparagus or berries by a regional farm. 

“With this cooperation, we are playing a pioneering role in Germany and bringing large-scale agri-photovoltaics to the capital market,” says Timo Werner, Fund Manager of klimaVest at Commerz Real. “This is how we diversify our portfolio and ensure that our investors have the opportunity for attractive returns, together with a concrete contribution to climate change mitigation.”
Timo Werner
Timo Werner
klimaVest fund manager
According to figures from the Federal Statistical Office, the forecast electricity production of the agricultural PV park is expected to be sufficient to cover the calculated annual demand of around 19,000 average households. The park is only the first project for the partners involved. It has already been agreed that Elysium Solar will develop at least two more agricultural PV parks of similar size for Commerz Real.