Biodiversity at Nordic Solar

Biodiversity at Nordic Solar

It is Nordic Solar’s ambition to implement biodiversity initiatives in all new solar park projects with respect for local nature and the environment.

Biodiversity in our solar parks

At Nordic Solar, we design, develop and build our own solar projects. This means that we can implement a holistic approach to biodiversity in our solar park design.

By incorporating elements to restore nature from the beginning of the project, we can consider the local fauna and vegetation part of the design and construction of our solar parks. For example by surrounding the solar parks with living fences, doubling as wildlife habitats and gives neighbours a view of nature instead of solar panels.

We have collaborated with external local specialists with many years of experience in biodiversity. This is done to ensure both the right implementation for the solar park and the local environment, but also to make sure that we can measure the effect of the different biodiversity initiatives over time.

In the long term, we, humbly but realistically, expect these biodiversity initiatives to contribute positively to nature and the local environment.


Why is there a need to work on nature restoration in solar parks?

Demands for green energy are increasing the need for land areas where, among other things, solar parks can be located. When Nordic Solar designs, builds and operates solar parks, it is particularly important for us to consider the nature in the land areas where the solar panels are placed. In this way, we contribute both to the green transition and to combating the biodiversity crisis that the world is facing. We do this, for instance by designing our solar parks with a focus on nature restoration from the beginning of the solar park project’s inception.

How does Nordic Solar work with nature restoration in solar parks?

Nordic Solar’s biodiversity strategy aims to implement elements that attract increased biodiversity in all new solar park projects from 2022 and onwards, where it makes sense in relation to nature and the local environment. We do this, for instance by designing our solar parks with a focus on nature restoration from the beginning. This can be done, for example, by removing or adding soil layers, planting living hedges, restoring water ponds and placing fallen tree trunks around the solar panels, which in turn help invite biodiversity into the parks. We will also evaluate if it makes sense to launch nature-based solutions in some of our operating solar parks.

What does the local community gain from it?

By planting a living hedge around the solar park, we can partly shield the local community, especially neighbours, from a direct view of the solar panels, allowing for better integration into the local landscape. Additionally, the biodiversity of the entire local area will also be enhanced as different species, such as, birds, and insects will have better conditions for moving from place to place and finding food.

How does Nordic Solar measure biodiversity in the solar parks?

A biologist first conducts a baseline measurement of flora and fauna before the construction phase of the solar park project begins. Subsequently, ongoing measurements are carried out to gather data on the types of flora and fauna evolving in the park over time. However, we do not expect to see the results of our efforts until 5-10 years later as nature requires time to develop. Nordic Solar has a humble and realistic expectation that our efforts will contribute to the restoration of nature in the solar parks and, ideally, enhance biodiversity in the local natural and environmental area.

Is agriculture or are solar parks better for the biodiversity?

This question likely has different answers. However, evidence suggests that in relation to conventional agriculture, which often has only one dominant crop, fields are considered deserts in terms of biodiversity for birds and insects. When Nordic Solar designs a solar park with a focus on nature restoration from the beginning, it allows for changes in soil layers and the addition of elements such as mixed vegetation, water ponds and living hedges. This benefits both flora and fauna and ultimately helps strengthen biodiversity in a given area as it provides more habitats for birds and insects, among others.

Solar energy is rapidly advancing, and there is a need to incorporate more land areas to meet the demand for green energy. Therefore, it is more important than ever that we take responsibility for biodiversity and dare to think in new innovative solutions in both our new solar parks and the ones we have already established throughout Europe. Lysabild is just the beginning of the effort we will expend. We have numerous opportunities to create a healthy environment for plants, animals and insects, and we are actively implementing them

– Glenn Aagesen, COO

Nordic Solar’s first solar park with a focus on nature restoration and biodiversity

Lysabild solar park was built in 2022 and is the first solar park in which we have incorporated a focus on nature restoration from the beginning. Visit the Lysabild page to learn more about the solar park and the biodiversity initiatives we have implemented in the park.

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