Dual-use solar is buzzing across the globe. Thanks to the education and outreach work of groups around the world—including the Center for Pollinators in Energy at Fresh Energy—global energy companies are actively moving forward with plans to combine solar energy with additional land uses and community benefits.
Constructed in 2016, the 62 MW Marshall Solar Energy Project is located on 355 acres of agricultural land in Lyon County, three miles east of Marshall, Minnesota. Partly in response to several visual renderings of the project showing acres of closely mowed suburban-style turfgrass, the proposed project received little support and drew active pushback from residents who were concerned about the loss of prime farmland and how it could affect their property values.
Completed in late 2017, the 9.9 MW Eagle Point Solar project is located on 41 acres of agricultural land that was previously used for dairy grazing. Research by Oregon State University at the site prompted Science Magazine to describe the project as using practices that “make a planet-friendly energy source even more friendly.”
The accelerating pace of climate change demands swift, bold action and we are rising to the challenge. To close the books on 2020, we’ve assembled this list of highlights. Together we made change happen!