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Planning of solar farms that benefit biodiversity and ecosystem services

The Eco-Sun project will create guidance for development of solar farms with net-zero or -positive impact on biodiversity, farming and other ecosystem services in Sweden and the Nordics.

Swedish solar farms are getting larger in size and number, with an increasing land claim that would not arise from building-applied solar PV. At the same time land use changes are the number one cause of biodiversity loss – one of our biggest sustainability challenges globally and in Sweden. Along with a decrease in biodiversity, nature's supply of ecosystem services decreases, as well as our chances to meet a number of Sweden’s national environmental goals and several SDG’s.

This project will map existing larger solar farms and current planning practices in Sweden and the international state of knowledge. Departing from these, Eco-Sun will propose design-measures for sustainable solar farms. The project will also elaborate a planning process for such solar farms, based on the mitigation hierarchy, in order to support a swift expansion of solar PV with public benefits.


Project name




RISE role in project


Project start


2 år och 1 månad

Total budget

2,1 MSEK


Ecogain AB


Energimyndigheten, El från solen

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

7. Affordable and clean energy
11. Sustainable cities and communities
15. Life on land
Michiel van Noord

Contact person

Michiel van Noord


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