AT Climateshield Solar we like to keep our finger on solar developments overseas and look at how we can implement them closer to home – so how are people are getting a solar buzz ?
Currently in America, a large focus is on solar enhancing what is known as the pollinator effect.
Pollinators are creatures such as bees, butterflies, and other insects that are critical to the success of about 35 percent of global food crop production.
In order to thrive, pollinators must have a suitable habitat. Establishing pollinator-friendly plants under and around ground-mounted solar arrays has the potential to provide this critical habitat and benefit both the pollinators and nearby agriculture.
Although there are many advantages to using solar energy for food production, there are still many questions that need to be answered regarding the impact of this technology on the environment and human health.
The US Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is currently conducting a study to analyse the multiple economic and ecological impacts of co-locating solar arrays and pollinator habitat.
Former President helps with study
A pollinator-friendly solar farm on former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s land is one of five solar sites being used to study stormwater infiltration and runoff at solar farms.
They are testing three different seed mixes, including the industry-standard grass, a low-diversity pollinator mix, and a high-diversity planting pollinator mix.
Through a grant from the SETO, the University of Illinois was able to conduct a study on the potential effects of co-locating solar farms with pollinator habitat on the environment and human health.
The researchers are currently testing various seed mixes and have developed a variety of tools that will help them manage the project’s cost and return on investment. These tools will also help them identify areas of their operation where they can improve the efficiency of their installations.
In Minnesota, a variety of studies are being conducted on the interactions between bees and solar panels.
One of these studies involves counting the number of bees that visit the areas where solar panels are located.
They are also monitoring the changes in the types of bees that are in the nearby crop fields after the plants are planted.
This work will help determine if these installations can benefit the local agriculture and insect populations.
Research is helping solar thrive
This research will enable more solar deployment to help meet the Biden Administration’s goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035.
The studies being conducted on the interactions between bees and solar panels will help pave the way for the deployment of more solar farms in the US.
In the past, studies have shown that there is a positive relationship between the presence of pollinator habitats and the efficiency of solar facilities.
In addition, these studies have shown that the cost of maintaining and operating these facilities can be reduced by implementing a variety of strategies.
We will be keeping a close eye on this, for the knock-on effect it could have onto farms in the United Kingdom.
Let’s hope it has a positive sting in the tail!
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