A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy — from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat.
A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy — from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. The paper offers a new framework for analyzing solar projects to better understand the full suite of benefits.
The study, published in Nature Sustainability, was conducted by researchers from the University of California, Davis; Lancaster University in the United Kingdom; the Center for Biological Diversity; and 10 other organizations.
It suggests a framework for understanding more completely, and ultimately quantifying, the benefits of solar energy, identifying 20 frequently overlooked advantages. For example, solar panels paired with native plant restoration can add habitat while also increasing panel efficiency.
A wild-energy future
The study also marks the launch of a partnership between the Center for Biological Diversity and UC Davis to advance a “Wild Energy” future, which emphasizes the potential of solar energy systems to benefit not only humans, but the entire planet.
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