Solar Biodiversity and Social Acceptance

April 2020

Solar parks are good for the environment – in multiple senses. That’s the conclusion of a study carried out by the Association of Energy Market Innovators (bne) looking at 75 parks in Germany. It found that the parks actually encouraged biodiversity since flora and fauna live within the spaces between the panels.

The finding is important because according to bne significant quantities of land will be needed for solar parks, if Germany is to reach its ambitious energy and climate goals. The German government has set the target of a 65 percent renewables share in power consumption by 2030.

That will require a significant expansion of wind and solar power. But many residents resist wind and solar parks in their areas, arguing that they diminish the quality of life. Advancing biodiversity is one way to counter such claims.

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