At Madison Energy Investments, we understand the importance of environmental consideration, land use and the betterment of the communities in which we work. We have exercised this three-fold solution in the northeastern corner of Ohio, where pollinator-friendly seeding has created a robust opportunity for neighboring farms, local biodiversity and more. Pollinator-friendly habitats, utilizing the space under and surrounding distributed generation solar systems, are an easy win-win.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has identified a number of these benefits through its InSPIRE project. “Native and flowering vegetation provides a habitat for native species, especially pollinators and other beneficial insects that can improve yields at nearby farms. One surprising thing is how rapidly and significantly pollinator-friendly solar has taken off in the States,” said Jordan Macknick, NREL’s lead energy-water-land analyst and principal investigator for the InSPIRE project.
Our project in Ohio is happily one of many taking advantage of these findings. In states where agriculture plays such a pivotal role in the overall economy, it’s important for renewable energy to benefit and complement existing industry.