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Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory say that utility-scale solar energy (USSE) facilities could provide important habitat for pollinators that help with the production of food. The researchers say that land at 2,800 existing and planned USSE facilities in the contiguous United States could be planted with native plant species that provide pollinator habitat and could encourage pollinator population growth. This study found more than 3,500 square kilometers of agricultural land near existing and planned USSE facilities that could benefit from increased pollinator populations. The pollinator habitat could deliver additional environmental benefits, as well, such as carbon dioxide reduction and water conservation. The study results are available in a publication titled Examining the Potential for Agricultural Benefits of Pollinator Habitat at Utility-Scale Solar Facilities in the United States.

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