Pollinator Habitat in Solar Projects

March 9, 2023 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Virtual Via Zoom

Contact: M. Charles Gould

“Dual use” is the integration of solar power production and an agricultural system in a way that enhances a productive, multifunctional landscape. Pollinator habitat is a land management and conservation practice designed to provide habitat for pollinating insects. Approximately 75% of the crops grown for food depend on pollinators to some extent. Presentation concepts include:

  • What is “dual use” and why is it needed in all solar power projects?
  • Meeting the pollinator site standard set by the Michigan Pollinator Habitat Planning Scorecard for Solar Sites.
  • Realistic expectations for pollinator habitat establishment.
  • Pollinator habitat benefits from an agricultural and environmental perspective.
  • Pollinator habitat management from a solar developer’s perspective.

The 2023 MI Ag Ideas to Grow With conference will be held virtually, February 27-March 10, 2023. This two-week program encompasses many aspects of the agricultural industry and offers a full array of educational sessions for farmers and homeowners interested in food production and other agricultural endeavors. While there is no cost to participate, attendees must register to receive the necessary zoom links. Registrants can attend as many sessions as they would like and are also able to jump around between tracks. RUP and CCA credits will be offered for several of the sessions. More information can be found at: https://www.canr.msu.edu/miagideas/


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