Highlighted by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Conservation Training Center, and the Electric Power Research Institute, Fresh Energy has become a nationally-recognized source of expert knowledge on solar sites planted with deep-rooted native flowers and grasses that capture and filter stormwater, build topsoil, and provide abundant and healthy food for bees and other insects that are valuable to agriculture.
Moving into 2018 we have expanded this work and created the Center for Pollinators in Energy, a national clearinghouse and catalyzer of pollinator-friendly solar information, standards, best practices, and state-based initiatives.
A capacity crowd at TEDxMinneapolis heard a preview of the multiple crises the Center for Pollinators in Energy is working to address.
Watch it and tell us what you think. Email Rob Davis, Director of the Center for Pollinators in Energy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notable developments accelerating momentum into 2018
- National Geographic, Organic Valley, and Perdue Farms commit to standards-based pollinator-friendly solar arrays;
- Electric cooperatives in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Texas, Kansas, Iowa, and North Dakota built and seeded pollinator-friendly solar arrays;
- Electric Power Research Institute, the nonprofit with members that generate approximately 90 percent of the electric utility revenue in the United States, launched a Power-in-Pollinators Initiative in a two-day event in Washington, D.C.
- Modern Farmer, Martha Stewart, and National Geographic magazines highlight the opportunity for beekeepers to support solar and benefit from healthy foraging sites for their hives;
- Solar Power World puts pollinator-friendly solar on the cover and SunShot features Solar Honey in its booth at the nation’s largest solar tradeshow;
- Monarch Joint Venture leader reflects on how solar sites can help save the monarch;
- Sustainability leaders of VERGE and GreenBiz make the business case for pollinator-friendly solar sites.
Pollinator Friendly Solar: Overview & Technical Practicum
Hosts: North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and Audubon North Carolina
Presenters: Center for Pollinators in Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Perdue Farms, SoCore Energy, Cypress Creek Renewables, and Prairie Restorations, Inc.
Corporate Leadership on Solar Arrays with Abundant Pollinator Habitat
Host: International Society of Sustainability Professionals
Presenters: Center for Pollinators in Energy, Perdue Farms, and Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
NREL Webinar: Co-locating Agriculture and Solar
Hosts: U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Presenters: Center for Pollinators in Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and SoCore Energy
Monarch Joint Venture: Solar and Pollinators
Host: U.S. Department of Interior National Conservation Training Center
Presenters: Center for Pollinators in Energy, Monarch Joint Venture, and OneEnergy Renewables