Solar with Monarch Habitat: a Win-Win in the Land of Milkweed and …



Presented by Eric Udelhofen, OneEnergy Renewables and Rob Davis, Fresh Energy. 04/06/2017

This webinar will go over the science and security of photovoltaic solar and the growing pattern of planting pollinator environment under and around ground-mounted photovoltaic panels. In 2016 alone, almost 2,500 acres of solar websites in Minnesota and Wisconsin were seeded with countless native flowers and yards consisting of black-eyed susans, side-oats grama, purple grassy field clover, butterfly milkweed, and calico aster.

Eric Udelhofen, advancement director from OneEnergy Renewables, will go over website choice for massive solar selections, consisting of existing land usage, energy affiliation, topography and other ecological elements. He will offer a summary of exactly what the advancement procedure appears like, go over building and construction and supply insight into exactly what a setup in fact appears like.

Rob Davis, of 501( c) 3 not-for-profit Fresh Energy, will discuss its pioneering operate in partnership with the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Monarch Joint Venture, the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, and others to develop requirements regarding exactly what makes up “pollinator friendly solar.” Rob will explore the history of how pollinator-friendly solar was imported from the UK, where it is a typical practice. Rob will detail how Fresh Energy and Audubon Minnesota constructed a bipartisan union of assistance for a statewide requirement for greenery on solar websites, consisting of assistance from popular farming legal leaders and advocacy companies.

Rob and Eric will both go over the ecological and public advantages supplied by pollinator-friendly solar websites in addition to basic practices of pollinator meadow management on solar websites, and will explain a few of the advantages to solar job owners over the long-lasting, consisting of minimized upkeep costs, enhanced stormwater seepage, and higher neighborhood approval.