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June 27, 2023 - Your Scoop in CDR!

Happy Eco News- Ag and Photovoltaics - In Minnesota, solar developers are incentivized to utilize agrivoltaics to help restore pollinator populations.

solar developers have found that vegetation creates a cooling microclimate that benefits energy efficiency. They have since been putting in clover and other field grasses under and alongside their panels, but even now, they are putting in higher-rising flowers.

Pollinators living alongside solar systems have found significant promise in Minnesota, USA. A 2016 law set up the Habitat Friendly Solar program, which incentives property developers and solar companies to build arrays with benefits for songbirds and pollinators.

It is possible to have the best of these worlds combined, and it is, in fact, beneficial to all parties involved. The solar panels provide shade for specific species of plants and animals that are better suited to being out of the sun for part of the time, and the plants enhance solar panel efficiency.

Plastics and fossil fuels are intertwined. CarbonBetter has an online event coming up on July 13th to help businesses better understand more about disengaging plastic from their products. Sign up here.

Electrek is reporting that the Chevy Silverado EV Truck has a 450 mile battery There’s a lot to go over with Chevy’s Silverado EV, but what makes it really unique is the huge 200+kWh battery and the 450+ mile range that it provides. But that monster battery also has a few well disguised drawbacks, including putting the truck at a whopping 8500 lbs.

Electric roads charge EVs- Popular Mechanic- 06/17/22 Italy- Inductive coils under the asphalt transfer energy to on-vehicle receivers; “On a roadtrip sometime in the near future, you can forget any concerns about your electric vehicle’s range, or about finding a high-speed charging station along the way. That is, if electrified roads become the norm, as a new pilot project in Milan, Italy demonstrates is entirely possible. This inductive charging technology powers an electric vehicle from underneath the roadway while the vehicle is still on the move. But expanding that technology from a one-mile test track into a real-world highway won’t be a simple—or inexpensive—step. No one has a realistic roadmap in place to execute this dream project on a large scale, just yet.”

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