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Renewable Energy: Solar Power

WEST is an industry-leading environmental and statistical consulting firm with extensive experience working on renewable energy developments. From initial site characterization studies, to post-construction monitoring, our experts help clients successfully navigate the complex, ever-changing matrix of federal and state environmental regulations.

Our staff has an established track record of developing reasonably grounded solar energy wildlife monitoring plans. Because of our history of work on large-scale solar projects, we have strong insight on agency expectations, and are able to utilize existing available data to support projects while effectively and efficiently staffing them. Our statisticians provide expert consultation on the statistical design and analysis of field ecology studies resulting in accurate and defensible statistical inferences. This work has included the application of a collision risk model to estimate potential impacts of solar flux on golden eagles using site-specific eagle use data; the design and analysis of avian use studies to estimate potential impacts at proposed solar photovoltaic facilities; and the development of post-construction monitoring studies to estimate fatality rates at photovoltaic and concentrated solar facilities, including power analysis to determine statistically defensible level of sampling.

Solar Energy Expertise:

  • Field Surveys
  • Species Expertise
  • Compliance: Habitat Conservation Plans and Bird and Bat Conservation Strategies
  • Mitigation/Compliance/Construction
  • Detection/Deterrent Technologies
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