Photovoltaic systems for irrigation (PVI) can reduce the energy costs of agriculture by more than 75% while saving up to 30% of its water consumption. There are proven PVI technologies available but investments exceeding € 24 bn are required to install the systems on the European farms. Affordable capital can be obtained for PVI projects from institutional investors if they are “packaged” in suitable investment instruments like green bonds. We aim to provide the technological and financial solutions for PVI projects that allow them to be financed directly by institutional investor, reducing drastically the costs and uncertainty for farmers. The web-based solution is the result of in-house technological developments for PVI and a tailored business model including a set of standardized contracts, technical specifications and management protocols as well as the human resources and infrastructure that allow for the creation of pools of PVI ready to attract institutional investors. Importantly, by introducing the necessary standards and tracking the quality and performance of the assets with a specific methodology, we will ensure that the resulting investment instruments are in full compliance with the new requirements of the European Capital Market Union. Furthermore, the use of blockchain-based smart contracts has the potential to drastically reduce the costs and time required to assess and validate collateralized assets, creating a remarkable business opportunity for our companies
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Funding SchemeSME-1 - SME instrument phase 1
The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.