Bees, butterflies, and other insects that pollinate many plant species are disappearing at an alarming rate. Some species such as the Rusty Patch Bumble Bee have been put on the endangered species list. Others like the Monarch Butterfly are at risk of being put on the list. Planting pollinator friendly habitat is the best way to help these species that pollinate the plants we rely on for food and other materials. On solar sites there is a lot of available space that can provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife rather than being planted to tuff grass or covered in rock. For a solar site to claim to be pollinator friendly according to the Illinois Pollinator Friendly Solar Site Act (525 ILCS 55/), the owner or manager must first complete the appropriate pollinator friendly solar site score card.
Completion of the scorecards does not meet or replace any requirements of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources consultation process. To complete the consultation process please go to https://dnr2.illinois.gov/EcoPublic/
Solar site owners or managers who are planning pollinator friendly habitat must complete the Illinois Planned Habitat on Solar Sites Scorecard with a passing score to achieve preliminary recognition as a "Pollinator Friendly Solar Site". This preliminary recognition is good for 3 years.
For established pollinator habitat plantings (3 years or older), solar site owners or managers must complete the Illinois Established Pollinator Habitat on Solar Sites Scorecard with a passing score to maintain recognition as a "Pollinator Friendly Solar Site". This must be completed after the first 3 three years then every 5 years.
For established pollinator habitat plantings, skip to step 3.
For new sites: