The 34MW solar park west of Copenhagen highlights the potential for clean energy production to support biodiversity. During construction of the plant, a strip of unused land between the modules and a neighbouring tract was developed into a thriving wildflower meadow, the wildflowers pollinating not just the plants that feed local animal life but also regional crops. With 61% of its territory utilised for agriculture, Denmark particularly benefits from the synergy between such clean energy projects and biodiversity.
At the UN-sponsored COP14 for “Diversity Conservation and Sustainable Development of Wetland Plants” last November, LONGi executive Ni Jiujian spoke specifically on the synergy between photovoltaics and biodiversity efforts, pointing out that solar power stations built in areas with sparse vegetation can provide habitats for pollen-borne organisms, promoting growth and reproduction of local plant species as well as the animals that depend on them.
LONGi VP Europe (Utility) Gulnara Abdullina pointed out that the company manufactures its PV products using 40% renewable energy, with plans to reach 100% by 2028: “The project is focused on producing clean energy, along with further positive environmental impacts like improving biodiversity. At the same time, though, it’s important that we as a major player in the solar supply chain are committed to reducing our own emissions.”
To reach completion on such a clean energy project, stable financial backing and grid partnering is necessary. These still require the promise of reliable energy generation, not only of reaching broader environmental goals. LONGi’s bankability and reliability in the eyes of investors, PPA partners and financing banks were cited as key to the selection of the modules for this plant.
LONGi was the first, and remains one of only three solar module manufacturers to receive a AAA-rating in the PV ModuleTech Bankability Rankings.