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Solar for Farms Proves Beneficial for Bees
Solar energy never stops to surprise us. This time it is not about cutting CO2 emission alone, but solar farms reviving a lost affair between native grass and the bees. Reports suggest that the honey bees may just have found their way back home!
The story dates back hundreds of years when grass, not gravel, used to fill the land. It was during this time, a honey-bee came buzzing around and fell in love with the native-grass. It was an affair handcrafted by nature to celebrate life on Earth and forge an ecological balance.
However, humans failed to appreciate this simple fact and emerged the lead antagonist in the tale of love between native-grass and the honey-bee! He went after native-grass, in false aim for decor, and had it cut to the ground.
Wherever and whenever his eyes fell on some open space with grass in it, he would cut it and replace it with gravel and turfgrass, thinking it added distinction to his house, land, and locality. The man went on a cutting spree until there was no grass left, anywhere.
That summer, when the bee came, she found her beloved grass nowhere to be seen, and heartbroken she left never to return!
Humans Turn Villains of the Story
For years, these lands used to abound in the grass, and for bees, it was the best time to come and hover over there. On its tiny branches and flowers, it would sing of spring and summer, and return with love abound, and merry in the heart.
In the meanwhile, it would, while dancing among flower-laden plants, help expedite the process of pollination. Making sure fertilization did take place, gardens have a profusion of fruits and vegetables, sure to bring a smile on the face of a farmer.
As the day came to a close, she would fly dancing-and-singing back home, and inside the hive, gave vent to her joy, overflowing in the form of honey, the sweetest fluid humanity has ever tasted!
But when the man turned foe, nobody knew where the bee had gone. Did it sing of love again? Was it even alive? I didn't see one for many years.
What of ecology and balance, what of fruits and vegetables, what became of that poor farmer whose hopes of harvest were pinned on pollination and would pray to God, ‘let bees find their way into my garden and pollinate it.'
Amidst Shattered Hopes, an Incredible News is Coming from Solar for Farms
It is one of several tales of shattered hopes and devastation perpetrated by climate change that's man`s doing. But there's an incredible story coming from solar farms!
With solar for farms gaining momentum, native grass and plants are returning to these gardens converted into solar farms.
Good though a solar farm is for the environment, an unexpected benefit, however, is the return of honey bees. Solar farms need no turfgrass. No gravel bedding either.
All they need to have is plenty of native grass and plants to spread underneath solar panels.
Solar for farms has become a movement of its kind and it's gaining momentum all over the world. More and more people are coming forward to create a pollinator-friendly, of course, the honey bee-friendly environment around these solar farms.
No doubt, these solar farms reduce emissions of toxic chemicals and increase our solar energy capacity, but agriculture and food security are also benefitting from solar farms.
With grass returning to these farms, bees have been coming in droves to these solar farms to finally reunite with their beloved grass.
Its contribution towards reviving the lost affair between native-grass and the bees is indeed heartwarming! For pollinators like bees, it has created an environment where they can buzz around, take nectar, and fly home without any fear of losing their tracks.
Taking care of bees is important from an economic point of view. In fact, in America, pollinators such as bees, contribute $24 billion to the US economy. The individual contribution of bees is $15 billion if we go by The White House reports.
Unanticipated Benefit of Solar Farms
Solar farms come with many benefits, some are apparent and intentioned, but there are also countless benefits of it not anticipated in advance but with time, they certainly come to the fore.
They play their part in restoring ecological balance, of which returning of bees is an evident demonstration.
Secondly, economic development that has been initiated by solar farms is making farmers self-reliant energy-wise, and agriculture also has received a boost.
After all, when these bees visit native grass spread across these solar farms, they roam around the surrounding agriculture areas as well, initiating the process of pollination there, at a scale magnanimously large.
It's only logical therefore to shift to solar energy, not alone in our houses, but institutions and corporations should also switch to solar power.
A Sneak Preview of Upcoming Article
How will International Solar Alliance fare, in the long run, we will try to make some sense of it in the next article? Let's hope more good comes from it than harm for our estranged world! What are its aims and objectives?
In the year 2015 when the world was celebrating the landmark Paris Agreement, another project in the fight against climate change was announced called International Solar Alliance. India is the founding member of this alliance and aims to create 175 GW of renewable energy.
How`s the ISA going to ferry when we`ve Paris Agreement already in shambles, we'll see in our next article on International Solar Alliance.
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