Bird Friendly Solar.
Tri-County Electric Cooperative has been a Today's Power Partner since 2015 when we installed a 1 MW Community Solar Array at their headquarters in Hooker, Oklahoma. As a turn-key partner, the Today's Power team has made several trips to their array to maintain high-quality production, and what we have found out is that low-voltage solar means a place to start a family for the local doves.
Today's Power Project Foreman, Robbie Berry, encountered these baby doves face-to-face while checking the inverters on TCEC's one Megawatt project while visiting this May and said, "they are poor looking little things when they are first born, but right from the hatch, they were VERY interested in what I was doing!"
Is Solar Safe for Birds?
YES! Birds are very adaptable creatures who will react quickly to climate change. For example, we're seeing evidence of this in response to the changing climate. Carolina Wrens, Northern Mockingbirds, and Tufted Titmice are creeping into the Midwest. Caspian Terns are nesting at Cape Krusenstern National Monument in Alaska, nearly 1,000 miles farther north than previously recorded. Horned Puffins are following food farther north into Arctic waters than ever before, where they’re evicting Black Guillemots from their burrows and devouring eggs and chicks.
Cutting carbon pollution is ESSENTIAL to avoid impacting the lives of birds and other wildlife, for climate change will threaten more than 300 species of birds in North America alone.
In 2016, a Minnesota bill was penned to encourage the planting of native grasses and wildflowers in and around new solar PV facilities. That way the projects not only provide clean energy, but also support pollinators like hummingbirds, bees, and monarch butterflies. (Many pollinators have declined in recent years from habitat loss, pesticides, pathogens, and other factors.) The extra habitat would also help grassland birds that feed on insects, such as Eastern Meadowlarks and Grasshopper Sparrows, both of which are imperiled in the state.