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Potential for Agricultural Benefits from Pollinator Habitat at Solar Facilities in the United States

This study quantifies the extent of agriculture in the United States that could benefit from pollinator habitat being planted at existing or planned solar facilities. Over 3,500 km2 (850,000 acres) of agricultural land were identified that could benefit.

Citation: Leroy J. Walston, Shruti K. Mishra, Heidi M. Hartmann, Ihor Hlohowskyj, James McCall, and Jordan Macknick. Examining the Potential for Agricultural Benefits from Pollinator Habitat at Solar Facilities in the United States. Environmental Science & Technology 2018 52 (13), 7566-7576

Link: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.est.8b00020

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Native Vegetation Performance under a Solar PV Installation

This study evaluates the performance of different native vegetation and treatments underneath a solar installation in Colorado. This study outlines standard methods for evaluating vegetation performance.

Citation: Beatty, B., Macknick, J., McCall, J., Braus, G., and Buckner, D. 2017. Native Vegetation Performance under a Solar PV Installation. NREL/TP-1900-66218. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden.

Link: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy17osti/66218.pdf

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Co-location opportunities for large solar infrastructures and agriculture in drylands

This study evaluates the economic benefits of solar and agricultural co-location in India.

Citation: Ravi, S., J. Macknick, D. Lobell, C. Field, K. Ganesan, R. Jain, M. Elchinger, and B. Stoltenberg (2016), “Colocation opportunities for large solar infrastructures and agriculture in drylands”, Applied Energy, 165: 383-392.

Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306261915016517?via%3Dihub

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Overview of Opportunities for Co-Location of Solar Energy Technologies and Vegetation

This study outlines various opportunities for low-impact solar development and co-location.

Citation: Macknick, J., Beatty, B., and Hill, G. (2013a). Overview of Opportunities for Co-Location of Solar Energy Technologies and Vegetation. NREL Report No. TP-6A20-60240.

Link: https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/60240.pdf



Webinars & Videos


Pollinators and Solar Agriculture

North Carolina is expected to more than double the amount of installed large-scale solar in the coming years, and similar trends are developing in states throughout the country. To maximize the direct benefits to agriculture, agricultural communities, and important wildlife, many solar developers are moving ahead with plans to install bird and pollinator-friendly native plants at solar sites.

Presenters: Steve Kalland, Greg Andeck

Organization: North Carolina State University, NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Length: 1 hr, 59 mins, 57 secs

Co-Location of Solar and Agriculture Webinar

How solar developers are increasing revenues and community engagement by co-locating solar, pollinators, and agriculture.

Presenters: Jordan Macknick (NREL), Laura Caspari (SoCore Energy), Rob Davis (Fresh Energy)

Organization: Department of Energy

Length: 1 hr, 24 mins, 24 secs

Website: https://fresh-energy.org/nrelwebinar/

Pollinators and Solar Agriculture

How solar developers are increasing revenues and community engagement by co-locating solar, pollinators, and agriculture.

Presenter: Jordan Macknick

Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Length: 1 min, 42 secs


Press


Scientific American: Solar Farms Produce Power—And Food


PV Magazine. Enel, NREL partner on three-year solar vegetation study


Mankato Free Press: Power Plants and Prairie Plants


Midwest Energy News: Putting the ‘farm’ back in solar farms: Study to test ag potential at PV sites


Enel Green Power: USA: Where Solar Plants Help the Bees


Building Green: Two for One: Growing Food and Solar Energy Together


New Energy Update: Operators eye income gains from wilder vegetation


Solar Power World: Pine Gate Renewables, Old Sol Apiaries create largest solar farm apiary in America