In addition to producing clean energy from the sun, solar sites can now be used to maximize habitat creation for birds, pollinators and other small wildlife.
The Solar Sanctuaries Act, recently signed into law by Gov. Dayton on May 31, 2016, establishes voluntary native vegetation and habitat management practices for solar developers and local governments. The new law serves to verify claims that commercial solar installations are helping to create pollinator habitat when they sign a Pollinator Pledge.
In addition to creating a home for the birds and the bees, solar sites can also host native perennial vegetation as well as reduce storm water runoff and erosion.
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