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Old 05-09-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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How Do Solar Farms Impact the Environment?

How Do Solar Farms Impact the Environment?
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It is not uncommon for a new solar installation site to be graded, sprayed with chemical weed control (even organic weed control would be only so good) and then shaded. Gravel is the alternative to weed control, but the trapped heat does shorten the life of the solar array, and since many solar farms are in hot, arid regions, it may not be the best way to go. Arid solar arrays are the primary environmental concern due to the consensus that the plants are adapted to direct sunlight and already live in harsh conditions.

Research is being conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at its newest array in the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, CO, where prairie is the main ecosystem being impacted. Here, the primary concern is...
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