A renewable energy investment company has team up with a Motherwell-based bee-hive management company – Plan Bee – to promote greater bio-diversity at its solar panel parcs.
Low Carbon has partnered with Plan Bee to install and manage 25 bee hives across five of its solar farms in Cornwall, Dorset and Suffolk.
Honeybee populations have halved in the UK over the last two decades, according to research by Reading University, with climate change, mites, pesticides and disorders, contributing to this.
Plan Bee partners with businesses like Low Carbon to support and increase populations of this valuable insect, which is an integral component in a balanced of natural ecosystem.
Each of the five sites will host more than 300,000 bees to help cultivate local crops and encourage biodiversity. A remote monitoring system is planned, which will allow Plan Bee to keep tabs on each bee colony by monitoring parameters such as brood temperature, humidity, hive weight and weather conditions.
Quentin Scott, Low Carbon’s Marketing Director, said: “We are committed to protecting local habitats and ecosystems on our solar farms.
“Encouraging biodiversity should not be a bolt on for renewable energy companies, but rather a core responsibility. Protecting bees, insects and other species is a crucial part in the fight against climate change and we look forward to continuing our work with Plan Bee in the future.”
Low Carbon works across the solar, concentrated solar power, wind and anaerobic digestion sectors. It currently operates over 270MW of operational solar energy assets in the UK.
The renewable energy investor is making every effort to play a central part in the farming communities surrounding its sites. By locating on fallow land that is unusable for agriculture, Low Carbon is delivering a long-term investment in these areas.
Warren Bader, Chief Executive, Plan Bee Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to be working with a prestigious renewable energy company like Low Carbon, who share our vision on biodiversity and sustainability. They’re playing a part in supporting the local communities in which they work. Like the bee community they are working together for the betterment of the collective. “