By Rob Davis, Fresh Energy
2016 was the first year of Minnesota’s solar bloom — but there’s plenty more to come. While even more solar sites are planned to be built in the years ahead, tens of millions of native flowers and short-growing meadow grasses will be taking root under and around the panels. Look for black-eyed susans to develop faster than the rest, followed by purple prairie clover, partridge pea, butterfly weed, and more. Continue reading.
Webinar Rob Davis references in his post: Co-Location of Solar and Agriculture: Benefits and Tradeoffs of Low-Impact Solar Development
ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- Sure pipelines are good for oil companies, but what about jobs related to preserving nature and culture? By Chip Colwell, Lecturer on Anthropology at the University of Colorado Denver. Published by The Conversation. In 2015, for instance, more than 305 million people visited national parks. These tourists spent nearly $16 billion on an array of local
services – hotels, gas stations, restaurants – helping to sustain nearly 300,000 jobs. Tourists and travelers visit scores of other national, state and local parks, spending their money to enjoy nature and cultural sites.
- US utilities seek sun as Trump sides with coal, fossil fuels, Associated Press / Omaha World-Herald
- New Report: A Resilient Power Capital Scan: How Foundations Could Use Grants and Investments to Advance Solar and Storage in Low-Income Communities, Clean Energy Group
- Renewable Energy Powered The Super Bowl, Solar Industry Magazine
- New plan to make Utah a leader in U.S. solar market, Good4Utah
- Welcome to Alcatraz: One of the Largest Microgrids in the United States, Renewable Energy World
- The Future of Microgrids: Business Cases, Renewable Energy World
- Michigan, Illinois lead the Midwest in smart-meter installations, Midwest Energy News