Pollinators

Pollinators

Solar projects with appropriate vegetation can provide habitat for pollinators, as well as other wildlife.[42] Rather than planting common turf grasses, some solar facilities are starting to use seed mixes of native grasses and pollinator-friendly flowering plants as ground cover in solar facilities.[43],[44] This provides habitat for pollinators, which can be beneficial to neighboring farms. Minnesota passed the country’s first statewide standards for “pollinator friendly solar” in 2016. According to Fresh Energy, a clean energy nonprofit in St. Paul, more than 2,300 acres of these plants took root near solar panels last year, according to Fresh Energy.[45] Solar facilities can also cooperate with commercial beekeepers to facilitate honey production, although this may conflict with providing habitat for wild pollinators.[46],[47] Pollinators provide benefits for agricultural production at nearby farms where insect-pollinated crops are grown.[48]