There is a lot of ground under solar panels that could be planted to pollinator habitat. In this episode guest host Maggie Graham (MSc candidate, Water Resources Science, OSU) talks with John Jacob, a Southern Oregon beekeeper, who has been working with solar panel companies to make sure new installations include habitat for bees.

John has run Old Sol Apiaries in Medford, Oregon since 1997. He is also the current President of Oregon State Beekeepers Association.

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Links:

Nation’s largest solar bee farm in Oregon (Bee Culture, July 26, 2018)
Pine Gate Renewables
Old Sol Apiaries
John’s favorite book: Seeley, Thomas D. Honeybee democracy. Princeton University Press, 2010.
John’s go-to-tool: Pro Lifter Hive Tool
John’s favorite pollinator: honey bee

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