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(2) reduce storm water runoff and erosion at the solar site. To
the extent practicable, if establishing perennial vegetation
and beneficial foraging habitat, a solar site owner or manager
shall use native plant species and seed mixes that are free
from noxious weed or exotic weed seeds.
Recognition of beneficial habitat.
An owner or
manager of a solar site with a generating capacity of more than
40 kilowatts implementing site management practices under this
Act may claim that the site is "pollinator-friendly" or
provides benefits to game birds, songbirds, and pollinators
only if the site adheres to guidance set forth by the
pollinator friendly scorecard published by the Department in
consultation with the University of Illinois, Department of
Entomology. The scorecard shall be posted on the Department's
website on or before 6 months after the effective date of this
Act. An owner making a beneficial habitat claim shall make the
solar site's pollinator scorecard, and where available,
related vegetation management plans, available to the public
and provide a copy to the Department and a nonprofit solar
industry trade association of this State.
This Act takes effect upon