Solar is Good for the Earth

Unlike conventional power plants, solar farms can help to protect environmental quality.
Air
  • Solar energy generates emission-free electricity.
  • The power produced by Shepherd’s Run Solar Farm will reduce reliance on fossil fuels, offsetting 85,745 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – equal to taking 18,205 passenger cars of the road for a year.
Soil
  • Solar farms do not damage soil resources, unlike conventional power projects, industrial plants or commercial development.
  • Solar facilities produce no pollution in operation.
Water
  • Unlike conventional power plants, operating solar farms use little to no water. The low impact design also maintains porous surface area for local groundwater recharge
  • Vegetation management is conducted with periodic mowing and trimming; very little chemical vegetation control is planned – far less than farms or golf courses typically use.
  • Well-designed solar farms are excellent protectors of watershed resources.
 
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