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Solar Farms & Native Minnesota Pollinator Habitat: A Natural Partnership

Recently I was asked about what’s new at Prairie Restorations, and I talked about our new location in Lewiston, Minnesota.  But there’s something else that’s relatively new that I wanted to discuss in this post, and that’s how the increase in solar power production has affected native landscape restoration industry, particularly in relation to providing habitat for threatened pollinators. As many people are aware, there are literally hundreds of solar farms being built across Minnesota and adjoining...

Interview with Colleen Hollinger: Working With Midwest Solar Developers

Editor’s note:  This month our employee spotlight is an interview with Colleen Hollinger, who handles public relations and business development for our Minnesota natural landscaping company.  One of Colleen’s areas is working with solar developers in planning and installing native landscaping as a part of solar sites.   Interviewer:  Colleen, could you tell us a little bit about what you do for Prairie Resto relative to solar development? Colleen:  My work here at PRI...

2016 Midwest Solar Project of Distinction Winner Announced

Dairyland Power Cooperative, WI. Dairlyland Power Cooperative of Wisconsin, a partner we at Prairie Restorations, Inc. are proud to work with, was recognized as a winner of the Midwest Solar Projects of Distinction for their 14 new solar sites. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) recognized and awarded Dairlyland and their additional partners, SoCore Energy, Chicago; Faith Technologies Inc., Menasha, Wisconsin; and Distribu-Gen Cooperative, La Crosse, Wisconsin for the first large-scale deployment of single-axis tracker arrays in the state. Native and pollinator...

Stearns County Solar Farm Native Plants Requirement Is First in State

At PRI, we were really excited to see the latest news that Stearns County has become the first in the state to require planting of native grasses and wildflowers to provide pollinator habitat on solar farms and solar gardens.  It is great to see a governmental body being proactive in the fight to create essential habitat for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Solar power demand is on the increase, and solar farms and community solar gardens are popping up all over the...

Minnesota Solar Sanctuaries for Birds, Bees, and Pollinators

We’re excited about some ground breaking developments… During what was almost the 11th hour of the final night of Minnesota’s 2016 regular legislative session, a bill was introduced in the House and Senate that establishes standards and guidelines for Minnesota solar developers to create Solar Sanctuaries under solar panels. The bill (HF 3353, SF 2689) flew through the House and Senate almost unanimously. This small piece of legislations accomplishes much for our habitat restoration mission, especially early in 2016 as approximately 2,000 more acres are slated to be initiated for development into solar fields and gardens. Now, solar developers have...
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