Pollinator-Friendly Solar Webinar on October 24 – Join us!

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.

Please join us on October 24 from 11:30am – 1:30pm EST as we learn from leading experts about this important trend, including business opportunities and challenges associated with transitioning from the use of gravel or turf grass, to pollinator-friendly, native plants on solar sites.

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Hosts:

Steve Kalland, Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center & Greg Andeck, Director, Strategy & Government Relations, Audubon North Carolina

Already a national leader, solar in North Carolina is poised to grow by several thousand acres over the next several years — now is the time to convene a dialog about maximizing the benefits that these projects can provide in our state and nationally.

PART I: Co-location of Agriculture and Solar Arrays

11am ET – 12n ET

Rob Davis, Director, Center for Pollinators in Energy, Fresh Energy

The contribution of pollinators to agriculture, and urgency for accelerated development of habitat.

Steve Levitsky, VP Sustainability for Perdue Farms

Perdue Farms decision to support pollinator-friendly solar, how solar sites can provide significant benefits to agriculture.
Jordan Macknick, Lead, Energy-Water-Land Analyst National Renewable Energy Lab

Low-impact solar development approaches are being studied by NREL and are expected to result in net savings to solar developers.

PART II: Pollinator-friendly Solar: A Technical Practicum

12n ET – 1pm ET
Rob Davis, Director, Center for Pollinators in Energy, Fresh Energy
Moderator

Ethan Case, Policy Manager-Eastern Markets, Cypress Creek Renewables

Transitioning an organization to pollinator-friendly solar planning and management
Gavin Meinschein, Lead Civil Engineer, SoCore Energy

The economics of pollinator-friendly solar practices
Mark Simenson, Field Supervisor, Prairie Restorations

Lessons learned from developing pollinator-friendly solar arrays in different soil types and ecotypes in several states

 

Speaker bios and literature by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will be made available during the webinar.