Upon commissioning of the first Polenergia photovoltaic installations in Sulechów region, the Group implements projects supporting biodiversity. Due to technological reasons (row spacing, access roads), structures consisting of 30 thousand PV panels with a total capacity of 8 MW occupy only half of the entire 16-hectare area of the Sulechów I investment. Therefore, already in 2020, a decision was made to hand over the undeveloped land to nature and to create the so-called honey-bearing flower meadows in the farms’ area. In April 2022, after finishing the construction of further complexes of the Sulechów II and Sulechów III Photovoltaic farms with a total capacity of 21.5 MW, new flower meadows and pasture mixtures were sown on the area of 40 hectares. The introduced diversification of land use will allow to obtain a higher species richness of the habitat – from pasture communities with clover, alfalfa and phacelia cultivation, to rich flower meadows composed of a mixture of 20 different types of flowers and perennials. In this way, Polenergia not only produces green Energy, but also contributes to the creation of a multi-hectare acreage that strengthens the local biodiversity and constitutes a food base for wild pollinators. Polenergia’s photovoltaic farms are also a place of refuge and breeding ground for many families of birds and mammals, including strictly protected species.
At the beginning of 2020, Polenergia established in Sulechów a photovoltaic apiary consisting of 10 hives. The Pasieczysko is under the constant care of a beekeeper who knows the local conditions of beekeeping management. He takes care not only of the honey bee used in the beekeeping industry, but also of other pollinating insects. In order to provide room for the development of solitary bees in the area of photovoltaic farms, special houses have been made of wood, straw and clay. It will be a great place for the development of wild pollinating insects, which are so important for the environment. Special mounds were raised from the stones collected during the construction of the farm, which, mixed with reeds and branches, will be an excellent place for the development of bumblebees. Thanks to the diversified form of land use, the abundance of plants that flower at different times, bees and pollinators will have a lot of benefits. Moreover, they can feel safe in the area of solar farms in Sulechów. No one will use chemical sprays or pesticides in this area.