This four-year project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technology Office, brings together leading researchers and large-scale solar developers to investigate the ecological and economic benefits as well as performance impacts of co-located pollinator plantings at large, utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) facilities.

The project will:

  1. Consider the impacts of scale and configuration of pollinator plantings on PV performance, installation and operational costs, and ecological benefits
  2. Focus on large-scale solar facilities that have capacities of 10 MW or greater.
  3. Perform field research and tool development to inform decisions on if, when, and how to incorporate pollinator plantings into solar projects.
  4. Engage solar industry partners and share findings with broader industry stakeholders.




March 14, 2024 / Solar Research

Solar power occupies a lot of space – here’s how to make it more ecologically beneficial to the land it sits on

As societies look for ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change, large-scale solar power is playing a...
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June 16, 2023 / Solar Research

Lightsource bp’s 152.5MW solar farm in Indiana helping reduce Verizon’s carbon footprint while contributing to leading pollinator habitat research

Lightsource bp has announced commercial operation of its 152.5 megawatt ac / 173 megawatt dc Bellflower Solar project, located about 40...
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September 27, 2022 / Solar Research

New Journal Article Published on Agrivoltaic Systems

Agrivoltaics can optimize the land use efficiency of solar energy by co-locating these sites of renewable energy development with other...
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