An Argonne scientist surveys for pollinators at a utility-scale solar facility. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory/Lee Walston.)

Insect Populations Flourish in the Restored Habitats of Solar Energy Facilities

Two solar facilities built on rehabilitated agricultural land were restored with native plants. Argonne researchers observed pollinators thrive. Bumblebees buzz from flower to flower, stopping for a moment under a clear blue Minnesota sky. Birds chirp, and tall grasses blow in the breeze. This isn’t a scene from a pristine … [continued]

Solar Power + Bees = Extra Benefit for Massachusetts

A solar power company, Navisun, has just added a couple of solar projects to a special new “pollinator-friendly” solar initiative it has launched in Massachusetts. Furthermore, the projects qualified as pollinator-friendly facilities in the Massachusetts SMART Program, which I’ll explain in a moment. Navisun is focused on small utility-scale solar … [continued]

Mowing Your Lawn? Skip One Week, But Not Two

Ecologist Susannah B. Lerman believes most homeowners fall into one of three groups when it comes to lawn care. Group #1 includes “lawn people,” who covet the perfect lawn and “spend thousands of dollars each year to have a lush, green, weed-free lawn,” she said. Group #2 is made up of “neighbors of lawn people,” who are clueless, but watch what their neighbors do with their lawns, and follow their lead. “They figure that they, too, should irrigate, fertilize and mow,” she said. Group #3 are those who just don’t care, and “do the minimum to keep the lawn alive,” she said. Which group are you in?