Surrounding Clif Bar’s 300,000-foot bakery in Twin Falls, Idaho is a five-acre solar array. Instead of gray stones, brown dirt or a green so neon it looks fake, the panels are surrounded by yellows, pinks and lush natural hazels. The reflective solar panels are nestled in a bed of native flowering plants that support pollinators, conserve water and store carbon in the healthy topsoil. This is the emerging model for ground-mounted solar, one that welcomes nature back to the land. Read more here.
Photo by Prairie Restorations showing a 40-kilowatt pollinator-friendly community solar farm in Duluth, Minnesota.
Previously Posted: Solar and pollinators: a photo essay, PV Magazine
All the solar installations shown in this photo essay by Rob Davis of Fresh Energy have a mix of flowering species in sufficient diversity, or covering a sufficient portion of the project, to meet pollinator-friendly standards created by entomologists.
BIFACIAL SOLAR PANELS WITH TRACKING
ROOFTOP SOLAR PERMITTING STUDY
US rooftop solar permitting process takes less time, but depends on state – study, Renewables Now. Berkeley Lab found that 50 days is the typical solar permit duration at the median. But there were significant differences, with half of the total cases studied taking less than 27 days or more than 96 days.
SITING RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS – NYSERDA
NYSERDA moves to launch program targeting brownfields and other less desirable sites for renewables, Utility Dive
CLEAN ENERGY & ECONOMIC RECOVERY
IRS SAFE HARBOR EXTENSION
IRS Extends Construction Safe Harbor For Renewable Energy Projects, The National Law Review
CONSUMER-OWNED RENEWABLE ENERGY
The U.K. will soon be home to its first consumer-owned wind farm, CNBC
PENN STATE NEWS
Renewable energy, sustainability systems program addresses growing need
Penn State’s redesigned renewable energy and sustainability systems program, offered exclusively online through Penn State World Campus and taught by faculty from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, aims to meet the needs of professionals in business and government. The graduate-level program consists of a 33-credit master of professional studies degree and two 12-credit graduate certificates in solar energy or sustainability management and policy.
OFFSHORE WIND DEVELOPMENT
TRADE ASSOCIATIONS’ JOBS PORTALS