Solar Greenhouses

A sustainable and efficient production method for meeting the food requirements of Europeans all throughout the year. They harness the sun’s energy and protect crops against adverse weather conditions to produce fruit and vegetables of the highest quality.

The Agricultural Sector

Solar greenhouses are found in south-east Europe, a semiarid region that has become a vast vegetable garden and a world benchmark in sustainable agriculture:

  • We produce more than 3 million tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables annually.
  • We feed 500 million Europeans over the course of the year.
  • We produce 25% of all the fruit and vegetables that Europe needs.
  • We employ more than 200,000 people, both directly and indirectly.

How they work

Solar greenhouses combine traditional agricultural techniques of the region with the latest technology and we are continuously incorporating innovations to improve the productivity, quality and sustainability of crops, including:

  • The use of sanding, greenhouse plastic coverings and drip irrigation systems to generate a microclimate, increase productivity and reduce resource consumption.
  • The use of organic pest control in order to produce healthy and tasty fruit and vegetables.
  • The use of seed varieties that are adapted to the conditions of the region and the needs of the consumer.

Positive Effects

Solar greenhouse agriculture has not only increased the productivity of the sector, but it’s also contributed to local development in several different ways:

  • Reduction of environmental impact and contribution to the fight against climate change.
  • Contribution to the development of the local economy, both directly and indirectly.
  • Better prepared farmers and greater integration of both women and immigrant workers.

The People

Human capital is one of the keys to the success of solar greenhouses.

  • Women make up 71% of employment in marketing companies and 30% in the field.
  • Immigrant workers already account for 65% of all personnel.
  • More than 80% of farmers have formal training.