The Pollinator-Friendly Designation Program bill (SB 1158) was signed by Governor Larry Hogan in May 2017. SB 1158 established a pollinator-friendly designation program for commercial groundmounted solar facilities. The Bill led to the drafting of a Pollinator Certification Regulation that was finalized in March 2020.
The regulation established a procedure for solar developers to follow in order to be certified as pollinator-friendly solar facility. To summarize, a developer must:
The Department may request additional information related to the application; the applicant shall submit the requested information to the Department within 30 days of the Department’s request. Failure to submit the additional information within 30 days of the Department’s request shall result in termination of the application.
Upon approval, the pollinator-friendly certification will be valid for a period of two years, upon which the developer can apply for a renewal by contacting PPRP within 90 days of the expiration of the certification.
Perdue Farms in Salisbury, Maryland was granted the first Pollinator-Friendly Solar Facility Designation on June 25, 2020. For the press release and additional photos, click here.
Please contact Ginny Rogers at the Power Plant Research Program with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 5, 2018
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