The operation of wind energy facilities can potentially harm bats, but the true extent of this danger is not fully understood. In some US regions, a significant challenge to developing wind energy is finding ways to lower the number of bats that collide with wind turbines while maintaining high power production levels. When developing or
The Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage Facility aims to be the world’s largest solar-plus-storage project. The project is located in Kern County, on land leased from Edwards Air Force Base as well as on adjacent private land. Once built, the project could have a capacity of up to 1,118MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and 2,165 megawatts
In order to assist in the achievement of state renewable energy targets and increase electricity reliability for San Diego County, BayWa Renewable Energy proposed to construct and operate a 20-megawatt solar farm on unincorporated private land in southern San Diego County.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has energized and is now using the new East County (ECO) substation as an integral part of the utility’s electric transmission system. The ECO Substation project was designed to enhance electric reliability in the region and to help facilitate the delivery of renewable wind and solar energy to SDG&E
Geographic information system (GIS) technology is a powerful resource for compiling, organizing, and presenting information to help make faster, more informed decisions about site selection and permitting requirements. GIS models can enable the development team to enter numerous queries to sort through thousands of parcels and identify those meeting defined parameters. Key components for effective
Sustainable water supply is a crucial factor when seeking approval to build and operate renewable energy projects in remote California locations. With municipal water infrastructure and surface water sources typically not available, groundwater is often the most practical water supply option for construction and long-term operations. However, groundwater is subject to increasingly complex assessment requirements
Success of a renewable energy project often starts with meeting stringent, complex environmental permitting and mitigation requirements. Dudek’s David Hochart, an environmental permitting specialist with expertise in California renewable energy sites, outlines below how a successful environmental permitting process begins with an effective due diligence plan: Environmental due diligence should be completed prior to substantial