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The Buzz About Solar Based Beekeeping™

Over the last decade solar energy development has exploded across the US.  In Minnesota Alone 4000 acres of ground based solar arrays have been built, primarily on land previously used for agricultural production. While there is widespread support for energy independence afforded by renewable sources, like solar, there is significant resistance from local residents to the installation of the traditional gravel and steel covered  arrays in their own communities.

At the same time that solar has been bursting onto the scene,  pollinators have been facing an epic crisis.  Honeybees, and other pollinators population’s are declining at an alarming rate around the world.  Use of systematic agricultural pesticides and poor nutrition caused by shrinking native habitat, are contributing to weakened immunes systems and disease transmission among bee populations.

Working with solar energy developers Bare Honey beekeepers are helping to develop pollinator oasis’s  and collecting Solar Grown Honey™ from hives placed upon solar arrays.  Specifically, solar arrays that have been planted with flowering habitat that has been scientifically designed to provide a regenerative refuge for pollinators. These innovative solar arrays are reclaiming native habitat, previously lost to industrialized agriculture.  

While the photovoltaic panels are harvesting clean energy to feed our growing demand for energy,  the plants surrounding them are gathering that same solar energy to feed honeybees and native pollinators.  Innovative multi-use of the land like this is creating stacking environmental benefits, while also maximizing  the return for all stakeholders, including the earth.

 With 25 year life spans, these pollinator friendly arrays are essentially becoming private habitat reserves for the pollinators which are desperately in need of them.  Solar Based Beekeeping™  is giving back to the environment through the pollination of plots of pollinator habitat, creating mutually beneficial native habitat preservation for wildlife, and renewable energy production for all of us! 

Honeybees on Solar Gardens

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4 Frame Starter Colony, (Nuc Hive) Pick up in Spring 2020

Looking to replace lost colonies, or just start strong? Nucs are now on sale for spring pick-up. Do it with winter hardy Bare Honey bees! All Nucleus Colonies include a winter hardy queen bred for mite tolerance and overwintering ability.

4 Frame Starter Colony, (Nuc Hive)  Pick up in Spring 2020