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What Are the Impacts of Utility-scale Solar Development on Wildlife?

By Shasta Power

Does utility-scale solar development have a negative impact on wildlife? If you’re an educated investor, you already know about the power and positive impact of solar development on our planet. However, you may be wondering about any negative effects, as well. What are they, and how can you avoid them? In this blog post, we’ll […]

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Does utility-scale solar development have a negative impact on wildlife?

If you’re an educated investor, you already know about the power and positive impact of solar development on our planet. However, you may be wondering about any negative effects, as well. What are they, and how can you avoid them?

In this blog post, we’ll help you understand the environmental impact of your investments, particularly on wildlife that may be affected by developing solar farms.

The Positive Impacts of Utility-scale Solar Development

The net effect of developing solar farms is a positive one. Solar farms help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change, one of the biggest existential threats to wildlife globally. 

They also help PRESERVE natural wildlife habitats because they reduce our global reliance on fossil fuels. Utility-scale solar farms also contribute to cleaner air and water, benefiting local ecosystems and wildlife. Utility-scale solar farms are an ethical way to invest in renewable energy.

The Negative Impacts on Wildlife and Ecosystems

However, You should be aware that developing these solar farms has potential adverse effects. 

They can disrupt local wildlife habitats and migratory patterns during the initial construction phase and threaten endangered species and biodiversity if solar farms fail to account for these impacts. It is essential to be aware of and take responsibility for the solar development practices of your investments.

Donkeys grazing under solar photovoltaic panels

Regulatory Measures and Industry Standards

How can you ensure that utility-scale solar development is ethical and responsible? Thankfully, regulatory measures and industry standards are common practice. Understanding them is critical for you as an investor who prioritizes taking responsibility for the ethics of your investments.

Existing Regulations and Guidelines

Utility-scale solar development is subject to many regulations and guidelines, usually established by local governments. 

These regulations are made for many aspects of the development process, including land use guidelines, environmental impact reports, EIRs, and wildlife protection or habitat mitigation. Government agencies are rigorous in their assessment of proposed solar sites. Every site must comply with existing laws and regulations. 

Strict permitting processes are also in place to ensure that every selected location will have minimal impact on local ecosystems and wildlife.

Investor Influence on Responsible Solar Development

As an investor, you can significantly influence the world of solar development. Investing in projects committed to ethical practices will help push for an industry-wide adherence to high standards.

A closeup shot of a deer in front of solar panels in lines in the natural landscape

Your impact doesn’t stop with your financial backing! You can advocate for a high commitment to ethics by promoting stronger regulations, more transparency, and an increased push for even more wildlife conservation efforts within the solar industry. If you align your investment choices with your values, you can catalyze more positive change and environmentally responsible solar development. 

Shaping the Future of Ethical Solar Development

Are there solar developers who are committed to ethical practices in solar development? Here at Shasta Power, we adhere to regulatory measures and industry standards. 

We invest in the most modern technologies and collaborate with environmental experts to ensure we are sustainably developing solar farms. We are committed to upholding the delicate balance between progress and nature.

Explore Ethical Solar Investment Opportunities

Are you ready to learn more about investing in ethical, utility-scale solar?

You are invited to our upcoming webinar, 3 Reasons to Invest in Solar. Attend to learn the benefits and impact of solar, as well as how we prioritize environmental responsibility beyond just clean energy.

Save your spot at our webinar and learn more about how you can invest in the future.

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