Think of the bees, the birds and the little earthworms. When it comes to solar, sometimes we’ve got our attention so focused on the sky we can overlook what’s there, beneath our feet–the land.
However, one of our suppliers, Canadian Solar, has a project-line of solar panels built especially to suit the needs of farmers and those closest to the land. They call it the CS6P-P and the difference is, instead mounting the PV panels on the sleek, metallic basis we’re all used to seeing, it’s mounted on wood.
“So, as far as the goats are concerned, the arrays are very like trees.,” said Eric, one of Canadian Solar’s construction engineers. “They provide good shade, absorb sunlight and convert it to energy without creating CO2 or other greenhouse gas emission. Every solar farm is potentially a unique eco-system that benefits the natural world of which we are all a part”.
And faced with global environmental issues like the declining honeybee population as document by the United States Department of Agriculture, structures that create areas with wildflowers to grow and hives to flourish are a good thing.
According to Canadian Solar researcher Dr. Shawn Qu, the CS6P-P panels have of a lifespan of 25 years and remain mostly undisturbed by humans after their installation aside from the occasional maintenance. The wooden panel bases equate to about a 5% footprint of the entire structure, allowing room for wildlife to flourish.
Canadian Solar was established in 2001 and is currently responsible for generating 9 GW of power, while supplying customers with over 30 million PV modules.
Though the company is the third largest solar companies in the world and has been an industry leader pushing towards a solar-powered future, it has a done a noteworthy job at borrowing inspiration from the sun as well as the trees.
So, on behalf of all the sheep, baa-vo!