Solar power is one of the most environmentally-friendly forms of energy generation. Generating energy from solar panels does not produce any harmful emissions and may use only minimal water to periodically clean the panels, which means water is preserved for farmers, ranchers, and communities.
We believe renewable energy sources are fundamental to producing energy in a way that respects the integrity of our environment. Our objective is to be a leader in the advancement of best practices for the identification, assessment and mitigation of our environmental impacts.
During project development, environmental assessments are completed to identify and assess any potential impacts. Measures are then implemented to avoid or mitigate potential impacts uncovered during the assessments.
A Critical Issues Analysis and Biological Resource Assessment were performed for Phoenix Solar, which indicated the site does not include critical habitat for threatened or endangered species.
Project construction will avoid streams and forested wetlands, preventing impacts to aquatic species. The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan during construction will minimize storm water runoff and ensure the project will have no negative impacts to bodies of water.
A review of historical and archaeological records was performed and determined no findings of potential impacts. Prior to construction, an on-site check of cultural artifacts will occur. Any resources identified will be avoided and/or left intact and undisturbed.
The project will maintain the topsoil of the existing pastures as much as possible. Pasture plant species will be allowed to regrow after construction. The project team is working with local beekeepers and native species experts to identify local pollinator species that will help maintain and increase the bee population around the project area.
All personnel will receive Environmental Awareness Training.