Solar and Pollinators: Learn the Latest – Fresh Energy Webinar

June 22, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Join Dr. Karen Oberhauser of Monarch Joint Venture and Fresh Energy’s Rob Davis for a webinar to discuss the science and safety of photovoltaic solar and the growing trend of planting pollinator habitat under and around ground-mounted solar panels.  In 2016 alone, nearly 2,500 acres of solar sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin were seeded with millions of native flowers and grasses.

Dr. Karen Oberhauser, one of the world’s foremost experts on monarchs, will discuss the risk of monarch extinction within our lifetimes and the inter-agency and public/private partnerships implementing habitat conservation and restoration measures.

Rob Davis will discuss Fresh Energy’s pioneering work in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Monarch Joint Venture, the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, and others to establish standards as to what constitutes “pollinator friendly solar.” Rob will delve into the history of how pollinator-friendly solar was imported from the United Kingdom, where it is a common practice. Rob will outline how Fresh Energy, Audubon Minnesota, and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association built a bipartisan coalition of support for a statewide standard for vegetation on solar sites.

20 minutes will be reserved for a Q&A. Send your questions ahead of time to or message them to presenters during the webinar. REGISTER HERE.

About the presenters

Dr. Karen Oberhauser of Monarch Joint Venture is one of the world’s foremost experts on monarch butterflies, which she has been studying since 1984. Monarch Joint Venture is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States. Karen is also a professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota.


Rob Davis tells the stories of pioneering people, ideas, and organizations. As director of Media & Innovation Lab at Fresh Energy, Rob helps accelerate the nation’s transition to use of clean and renewable energy.