The bumblebee a beloved fluffy Insect that pollinate our crops and gardenflowers is on its way to die out, but with the help of solar power plants we can save it. During the last 80 years two bumblebee species has completely gone extinct and the numbers of remaining ones are declining fast facing total extinction, if not something is done.
Why the beloved bumblebee is going extinct
How could this have happened? One of the reasons could be parasites spread from specie to specie coming from remotes parts of the world where bumblebees living there are better suited to handle those parasites. This is something that we don’t have much control over. The other reason however is directly our own fault. Since we are dedicating more and more land to building out cities and parkinglots natural meadows has bean reclining. Because of this the flowers living in those meadows have disappeared. Even the land dedicated to more naturefriendly building like agriculture removes the rich flower diversity found in the grasslands. This has very simply given the bumblebees a hard time to find enough to eat. Especially when there is competition about the food from other more effective insects like the bees.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Solarcentury working togheter to save it
Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the green energy company Solarcentury recognizes the urgency that something is done to ensure the remaining bumblebee species to have a long term future. But buying big areas of land just to let it sit there and flourish is a costly story that very few individuals are prepared to undertake. Luckily the huge fields of electricity producing solar panels are extraordinary habitats for flowers of all sorts. The panels stand on scaffolding offering groundspace where flowers can grow. There is large spacing between the panels to prevent the shadow from one panel to reach another. For flowers normally growing in between sparsely scattered trees these settings are ideal. the solar panels give the plants enough shadow and the gaps offer enough sunlight as the sun moves across the sky.
Solar power plant becomes a wildlife habitat
Together with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust Solarcentury has in every single one of their solar power plant facilities helped nature on the way, by planting out seeds of mixed shadeloving flowers that a diverse form of wildlife including the bumblebee benefits from the most. This results in acres and acres of remote and closed of natural reserves to be enjoyed not only by the beloved bumble bee but a large number of other important animal species as well. Because by planting a big diversity of flowers in a meadow a high diversity of animals living among those flowers is almost guaranteed. There will be one ton of different herbivore insects per 5 acres of grassland. and those insects will in turn draw 400 billions of predatory beetles, 11 million spiders and not to mention the bigger animals like birds and foxes.
an average solar parks will be between 1 and 100 acres large. Imagine the sheer amount of wildlife that it will help sustain. So as well as making green electricity for our homes solar power plant facilities are also reinvigorating the endangered bumblebee and enabling other important animal species to frolic as well. It’s a fantastic Win Win situation