Native Vegetation and Solar Projects in South Dakota

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Across the U.S., the solar industry is booming. Solar project sites often occupy several acres of land and are projected to cover 3 million acres by 2030. To produce 1 megawatt of electricity (enough to power between 100 to 150 homes in South Dakota), utility-scale solar plants may require between 5 and 10 acres of land. Combining solar projects with perennial native vegetation (including naturalized, non-invasive species) offers an opportunity for project owners to demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship.

In addition to providing habitat for wildlife and  pollinators, investments in native vegetation  (including non-invasive, naturalized species)  on solar project sites provide ancillary benefits,  such as improved soil health and water quality,  while also sequestering carbon.