Solar panels and pollinators, they just go together! But does the performance match all the buzz? In the Midwest, proposed utility-scale solar arrays would span hundreds of acres or larger, generating concern about land impacts. We will review the expanding practice of pairing native wildflower plantings with ground-mounted photovoltaic solar arrays. Standards, permitting and policy, project design, maintenance, and evaluations will be discussed in this broad overview.
The early results of a 2018 wildflower-friendly solar installation in northern Indiana will be highlighted, as well as planting plans for a second array installed in late 2019 and frost-seeded in winter 2019-2020.