The PV-SMaRT project is helping protect or even improve local water quality and habitat at solar farms across the U.S.
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.
In 2015, ENGIE Distributed Solar launched a program to provide enhanced ecosystem service benefits from the ground cover under and around its solar arrays on arable soils. Today, the company has installed over 100 MW of pollinator-friendly solar projects, spanning over 600 acres across half a dozen states.
The Kerkhoven Banner is a wonderful example of a family-owned business leading the charge for solar in their town – a smart investment for their business and the environment.
Fresh Energy executive director Michael Noble released the following statement in response to the White House’s announcement of new tariffs on imported solar panels.