By Chris Crowell, Solar Builder
So, a solar developer and a beekeeper walk into a craft brewery … have you heard this one before? No? Then you need to chat with Rob Davis. He’s the director of the Center for Pollinators in Energy at Fresh Energy, a non-profit that promotes better vegetation on solar farms and pulls together partnerships to include bee apiaries as well.
“Whenever a solar farm is built on arable land, we want to make sure that we make productive use of that land,” Davis says, whose team has developed solar farm vegetation programs for more than 3,500 acres of projects in 10 states. “We want solar farms treated like rich soil that we’re borrowing from our grandkids, who will be inheriting it after that solar asset hits its end of life in 30 or 40 years.” Continue reading here.
Photo: A pollinator-friendly solar farm designed and managed by Engie.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Xcel’s New Plan: Coal-Free By 2030, Nuclear Until 2040: Company Plans To Shut Its 2 Remaining Coal Plans In Upper MIdwest A Decade Early, Wisconsin Public Radio. Xcel said it will submit its plan to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in July. If approved, the company said it would slash carbon emissions in the region by more than 80 percent by 2030, compared to 2050.
- Xcel to build 3 GW of MN solar by 2030 – if it gets to own 50% or more, PV Magazine
The deal that Xcel has reached with environmentalists and labor includes caveats maximizing the utility’s ownership of the large-scale solar that it is promising.
- Leading U.S. Corporations on the Cusp of Achieving 100 Percent Renewable Energy Goals, Solar Magazine
- The U.S. energy storage market will nearly double this year, by Christian Roseland, PV Magazine
The combination of solar plus storage is super-charging the deployment of batteries across the country, and IHS Markit says that the United States will become the largest market for grid-tied energy storage this year.
- WoodMac: Energy storage will move toward value stacking as industry matures, Utility Dive
- Trump should back renewable energy, it’s fiscally responsible, by Jon Anderson and Heather Reams, Opinion Contributors, The Hill
Jon Anderson is a founder of The Western Way, a non-profit organizations focused on free-market solutions to U.S. environmental challenges. Heather Reams is the executive director of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, a non-profit dedicated to advancing Republican solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge.
- Renewable energy ownership: A game plan for utilities, Utility Dive. Contributed Opinion by Brian R. Murphy, Energy Tax Partner, Ernst & Young LLP.
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