By Rob Davis, Director of the Center for Pollinators in Energy
at Fresh Energy, PV Magazine
A promising new trend is showing signs of incrementally helping the solar industry to increase revenue, decrease operations and management costs, open up new markets, accelerate permitting, decrease litigation risk, and attract new land lease partners. It’s not a new module, inverter, or racking — it’s an innovative approach to the vegetation design and management. Civil engineers working on LEED-certified building design have long known that the vegetation specified in a project can provide meaningful functional benefits, in addition to being a cost-effective way to gain points toward the standards. These innovations—using ecology to benefit technology—have now made their way into the solar industry in projects throughout the country.
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- Pollinator-friendly solar habitat first of its kind in Ohio, Denison University News Release
- Pollinator-friendly solar energy becomes the norm in Minnesota, MPR News
- Michigan opens 3.3M farmland acres to bee-friendly solar projects, Utility Dive
- Michigan Pollinator Habitat Planning Scorecard for Solar Sites (PDF)
- In bid to help bees, Xcel to require vegetation disclosure in solar RFPs
- Pollinator habitats: The bees’ knees of rural solar development, Utility Dive
Kearney’s Solar Farm is a pollinator-friendly site.
- Entire 53-acre site in northeast Kearney seeded with plants for pollinators, Kearney Hub
- Celebrating solar power while protecting pollinators and birds, Nebraska TV
- Nebraska’s Largest Solar Array is Surrounded by Bird-Friendly Plants, Audubon
Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Program for All Ages
This program is open to Nebraska homeowners, schools, businesses, parks, homeowner associations, farmers, acreage owners and community gardens.
The Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification application form with complete requirements and lists of pollinator-friendly plants is available here.