Encourages pollinator-friendly solar sites to grow pollinator habitats
State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) released the following statement after Senate Bill 3214 was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner this week:
“Increasing the amount of habitat available for honeybees and butterflies is good for the environment, growers, and economic growth,” said Sen. Barickman. “We have an opportunity to add substantial habitat acres by creating guidelines that will assist interested solar site owners and operators to convert otherwise wasted land into natural habitat.”
The law encourages pollinator-friendly solar sites to grow habitats to support dwindling monarch butterfly and honey bee populations in the state. It creates standards that will allow the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to score how friendly a solar site is to such pollinators.
The standards will focus on the use of native perennial vegetation and habitat that is beneficial to pollinators and birds, while reducing storm water runoff, and erosion. The scoring will allow sites that meet the requirements to become certified by IDNR as “pollinator friendly.” The law takes effect immediately.
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