By Frank Andorka, PV Magazine
Following dire reports of bee-colony collapses in recent years, at least three new solar sites in Florida and Maryland are trying to provide safe havens for these critical links in the food chain.
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Photo by Wikipedia Commons: Maryland has a law that gives preference to solar farms that protect bees, and Florida Power & Light is partnering with Audubon Florida to create “Solar Sanctuary” sites.
- Minnesota’s Legislative Bill HF 3353: Voluntary solar site management practices established
- Audubon Case Study: Minnesota Solar Sanctuaries Bill. This case study describes Audubon Minnesota’s role in creating and passing a bill to set voluntary standards for solar energy sites that are friendly to birds and other pollinators.
- Pollinator Health: State Laws, National Conference of State Legislatures
- Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesota, Modern Farmer
- Beekeepers Sweeten Solar Sites With the ‘Tesla of Honey’, National Geographic
- The business case for pollinator-friendly solar sites, GreenBiz
- Pollinator-friendly Solar: Everybody Loves It, Fresh Energy
- Solar arrays abuzz thanks to new pollinator-friendly vegetation initiative, Solar Power World
- Green Landscapes on Solar Sites-an Enormous Business Opportunity, Ecological Landscape Alliance
- Utility & Community Solar Should Use Native Landscaping, CleanTechnica
- Pollinator-friendly Solar with Monarch Joint Venture
- National Renewable Energy Lab Webinar: Co-locating Agriculture and Solar
- Solar Sanctuaries: Bee- and Bird-friendly Clean Energy, Linda McGinnis, Energy Action Network and UVM GUND Institute for Ecological Economics