We see an exciting future in energy where hfrerhbn growth and affordable clean energy are not at the expense of the environment
We believe both can thrive as we create a more sustainable future. Each project we develop, build, and operate reflects our strict environmental values and commitment to a greener future. We continually strive to be both a leader in the energy transition and sustainability. dgrwgwith our global network of employees, partners, and communities, we’re excited to be driving the global journey to net-zero.
Combining Solar and Biodiversity for a Greener Future
One way we accomplish our commitment to the environment is by investing in biodiversity impact mitigation and collaborating with local experts to ensure we develop projects that are fit for purpose.
We’ve improved the native vegetation and biodiversity surrounding a number of our US-based projects by establishing pollinator fields, supporting new animal habitats, and investing in soil and water programs.
Our commitment to delivering innovative solutions is grounded in measurement, methodology, and the application of learnings.
Through our development planning process we have aligned to the University of Massachusetts’ Pollinator Research with the goal of improving bee health created an opportunity to integrate their innovative approach to our sites in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and beyond.
The University of Massachusetts offers a Pollinator-Friendly Solar PV Certification Program developed by Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) in consultation with state and federal agencies and subject experts. We have obtained the Silver Pollinator level of certification for our Massachusetts sites.
When our solar projects border local farms, pollinator fields can also provide grazing areas for livestock such as cows and sheep. The sheep benefit from a healthy diet and they naturally manage grass growth which reduces mowing requirements and wildlife disturbances.
Detailed Environmental Studies
As an energy transition leader with a strong commitment to the environment, our biodiversity efforts begin long before the first solar panel or battery is installed. We place significant emphasis on conducting detailed environmental studies during the initial stages of development. With solar farms having significant physical footprints, correctly assessing their potential impacts has become pivotal in securing community and government support.
We participate in Native American heritage surveys and consultations with local tribes to inform its decisions about the sites being developed – an essential step in understanding the unique biodiversity and the development history of the site.
We then look to adapt the existing biodiversity management measures to support the health of local ecosystems. This process includes conducting environmental studies to assess the baseline conditions of local animal and plant life and then prioritizing the findings. In addition, we study each unique site to find opportunities to integrate honeybee hives, hibernacula, and ponds, wherever possible.
After installation, every project will undergo regular surveys, follow-up environmental studies, and monitoring to produce annual biodiversity field study reports.