Sunlight is the ultimate source of energy for all living things.
The growth of the solar industry presents new opportunities to manage large areas of land with pollinator friendly vegetation. This type of management contributes to habitat restoration efforts, improves soil quality, stabilizes land by reducing erosion, and helps control the establishment and spread of invasive species.
Pollinator friendly vegetation leads to higher species diversity and better soil health compared to past agriculture land use at solar field locations. It is also more economical to maintain than turf grass cover.
Solar fields have a typical lifespan of 30 years. Their footprint includes areas among and around the solar panels, and inside and outside of fencelines, but they are also part of a larger landscape mosaic. When a solar field is retired from operation, the land will be in good condition to return to other uses.
Quercus provides comprehensive, long-term vegetation management at solar field sites including mowing, herbicide application, small tree and brush removal, interseeding, monitoring services, and more.
We value the ecological health of lands no matter the context and are excited to contribute to the growth of renewable energies throughout the Midwest.