Grand Ridge Solar Farm Native Seeding and Maintenance

Cardno provided installation and maintenance services for Grand Ridge Solar Farm, a 20 MW solar farm located in north central Illinois.

Cardno installed custom low growing prairie species across 126 acres in order to keep vegetation below the solar panels. Native seed was installed with a Truax Trillion™ native seeder where applicable, primarily between solar panels.

In smaller areas, seed was broadcast using a cyclone seeding. Cardno then provided four years of stewardship services including:

  • selective herbicide application
  • mowing
  • reseeding
  • replanting
  • and monthly site inspections.

The storage facility received Energy Storage North America’s (ESNA) 2015 Innovation Award for Centralized Storage.