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Solar panel fields help increase honey production in photovoltaic beehives

Derya Ozdemir of Interesting Engineering writes on one town’s attempts to save bees.

The C3 Take
  • The Spanish town of Carmona is using solar power and agriculture to protect bees while producing carbon free energy.
  • Carmona is managing 50 to 60 beehives with high-tech beehives that have sensors that prevent disease and regulate a liveable habitat.
  • The town has also begun planting pollinator-friendly crops like sage, rosemary, and oregano.

“In this photovoltaic installation, the solar plant project — 100 MW and 200 hectares — combines agricultural usage  — 3 hectares of aromatic plants: sage, rosemary, oregano, and coriander — and beekeeping with 50 or 60 hives.”

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