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How our solar farms deliver ecosystem enhancements

This week Solar Power Europe released the entries for its Solar Flora and Fauna photo competition, showcasing the various initiatives that solar projects can also implement to help support nature and biodiversity. 

Our solar projects are developing across the world, as the transition to a low-carbon future progresses. Enhancing biodiversity is always at the forefront of our projects.

Once constructed our projects offer an ideal location to boost the biodiversity and resilience of the local ecosystem, providing a place for wildlife to co-exist. 

Biodiversity can be increased in several ways on solar farms and the initiatives are usually tailored to the existing environment, so that our sites act as a boost to the surrounding area’s ecosystem. As a first step our environmental assessments help us understand the local ecosystem, and how we can enhance it. This means that different projects host different planting schemes and play home to a variety of animals. 

In the UK we host Hares, Partridges, Pheasants, Tortoiseshell Butterflies amongst many other invertebrates, birds and small mammals. Our land management team help to boost the habitability of these sites through a range of post-construction initiatives, including seeding of native flora and wildflower mixes. 

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