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Effects Of Solar Farms On Local Biodiversity

Originally published on Planetsave.

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 9.25.03 PM (1) (2)The solar transition is well underway in the UK. Our sister site SolarLove has reported that solar energy generation surged by around 153% over the last year in the UK (2014–2015). So, without much ado, research about the effects of solar farms on biodiversity continues. The fertile news is that after a conclusive study of solar farms, the UK has found that the solar panels do apply well to enhancing biodiversity and wildlife abundance.

This study — The Effects Of Solar Farms On Local Biodiversity: A Comparative Study — from Clarkson & Woods and Wychwood Biodiversity extensively investigates how solar farms can lead to improved ecological diversity when compared with similar undeveloped Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 8.28.27 PM (1)sites.

The overarching finding of this study is that where solar farms implement management that is focused upon wildlife, an increase in biodiversity can be detected across a number of different species groups.

The UK’s Solar Trade Association mentions that the research found that “solar farms have a positive impact on biodiversity for a range of plant and animal species when combined with an appropriate land management plan, in particular, broad-left plants, grasses, butterflies, bumblebees, and birds.” 

Following anecdotal information, the report validates a growing body of evidence “that solar farms can actively benefit local wildlife.” Confirming further biodiversity specialists’ beliefs, such as specialists at the BRE National Solar Centre Biodiversity Guidance for Solar Developments: “solar PV can be combined with agricultural activity such as grazing while benefitting the natural health of the surrounding area.”

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Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits.

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