Land-Use Change and Solar Energy Production: A Real Option Approach
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Luca Di Corato
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - Department of Economics
January 23, 2012
FEEM Working Paper No. 90.2011
In this paper a real option model is developed to examine the critical factors affecting the decision to lease agricultural land to a company installing a PV power plant. The leasing payment is certain while the net revenues from agriculture are uncertain. We identify the profit values at which the farmer decides to lease his plot vs. continue farming it. By applying the model to the province of Bologna (Italy), we illustrate the possible land-use change scenarios in this area. We conclude by discussing the importance of PV energy production as a source of income for farmers and its implications from a social perspective.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: Land Allocation, Real Options, Renewable Energy, Solar farm, Uncertainty
JEL Classification: C61, D81, Q24, Q42working papers series
Date posted: January 25, 2012 ; Last revised: March 24, 2012
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