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Leverage value from existing assets (e.g., brownfields, airports, and parking structures)

Hosting a project on city land can leverage significant value from existing assets. Spaces such as brownfields, landfills, parking lots, and extra space by airports cannot be used for many purposes once their original purpose is fulfilled. Therefore, some added complexity may be well worth the extra effort it takes.

Additional benefit can be gained from a solar project by planting pollinator-friendly vegetation under the solar array, which will help support pollinator populations and has been shown to significantly improve the popularity of local solar projects. Other ideas for synergistic benefits include enabling apiaries to benefit from pollinator-friendly ground cover or allowing for sheep grazing beneath solar panels. Check out additional resources on pollinator friendly solar projects at https://fresh-energy.org/toolkit/.

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