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Ohio college features pollinator habitat within solar array

July 27, 2019

GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio college says a 10-acre pollinator habitat it created is full of butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects after its first year.

Denison University in Granville in central Ohio positioned the habitat within the university’s solar array, which supplies the liberal arts college with about 10% of its energy. The array and habitat are part of the college’s 350-acre biological reserve that include trails, woods, fields, streams and ponds,

Denison says the habitat is the first in a five-state area to meet planning and assessment criteria for pollinator habitats within solar sites.

Contributors to the project include Pheasants Forever, AEP Energy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Third Sun Solar, Fresh Energy, and the Center for Pollinators in Energy, as well as the college.

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