Title:

A review of Avian monitoring and mitigation information at existing Utility-Scale Solar Facilities

Publication Year:
2015
Abstract:

There are two basic types of solar energy technology: photovoltaic and concentrating solar power. As the number of utility-scale solar energy facilities using these technologies is expected to increase in the United States, so are the potential impacts on wildlife and their habitats. Recent attention is on the risk of fatality to birds. Understanding the current rates of avian mortality and existing monitoring requirements is an important first step in developing science-based mitigation and minimization protocols. The resulting information also allows a comparison of the avian mortality rates of utility-scale solar energy facilities with those from other technologies and sources, as well as the identification of data gaps and research needs.

Publisher:
U.S. Department of Energy, SunShot Initiative and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Number:
April 2015
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
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