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A pollinator-friendly solar development

Pollinator-friendly solar / Photo courtesy of Rob Davis, Fresh Energy

Capturing the Private and Public Benefits of Pollinator-Friendly Solar

Pollinator-friendly solar, which incorporates native grasses and wildflowers throughout a solar installation, is one approach to cultivating additional land use benefits from solar projects. In two new Yale Center for Business and the Environment white papers, we explore the potential of this emerging practice.

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State Pollinator-Friendly Solar Initiatives

Seven states – Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, South Carolina, and Vermont – have enacted legislation to promote pollinator-friendly solar development. A new white paper by the Clean Energy States Alliance provides an overview of these state efforts and offers suggestions for what other states can do to promote solar while also creating or preserving healthy habitats for pollinators.
Gavin Meinschein

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ENGIE’s Gavin Meinschein on the Company’s Foray Into Pollinator-Friendly Solar

Given the promising value proposition of pollinator-friendly solar, several states have passed voluntary standards to encourage the practice, and a number of developers have committed to pollinator-friendly projects for all or part of their portfolios. Illinois-based ENGIE Distributed Solar is one such developer. In this interview. Gavin Meinschein, ENGIE’s lead civil engineer, discusses the case for pollinator-friendly solar and the company’s experience implementing the practice.

Minnesota Quick Data

Energy Efficiency:
Source: ACEEE
Buildings:
Score 6.00 / 8
Utilities:
Score 14.50 / 20
Transportation:
Score 4.00 / 10
Source: DSIRE
Energy Efficiency Programs:
186 Incentives and Policies
Solar Power:
Source: DSIRE
Renewable Energy Programs:
114 Incentives and Policies
Solar Energy Programs:
31 Incentives and Policies
Source: YPCCC
86%

of people in Minnesota support funding research into renewable energy sources in 2018.

(+2 of the national average)
(est. 3,144,527 of 3,662,134 adults)

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