The Los Naranjos and Las Corchas photovoltaic plants are unique due to their use of the agrivoltaic model, which means the land on which they are located is shared with the primary sector.
First came the local shepherds, whose sheep graze under the solar panels. This benefits not only the animals, but also the maintenance of the facilities, since the animals clear and clean the soil. Then came the bees of our solar apiary: 10 beehives located in a fenced and safe environment near the aromatic plants, which also grow in the areas around the park. The bees pollinate the aromatic plants and produce honey with Denomination of Origin: "solar" honey.
The solar apiary is an inclusive space for creating synergies with local businesses. The honey produced by the bees is used by a local baker and by the Carmona Convent to make pastries. The product’s label was designed by the Carmona Association of People with Disabilities.
The Carmona Town Council and Enel Green Power Spain have launched initiatives for creating awareness of this synergy through training and employment workshops for rural areas, working in collaboration with local associations. The apiary is also a space for open innovation that promotes the development of startups like Smartbee and Protofy.