Solar is Good for the Earth

Compared to other forms of electric generation, solar offers more environmental benefits.

Air
  • Solar energy generates emission-free electricity.
     

  • Reduces reliance on fossil fuels and avoids greenhouse gas emissions (Energy from Coeymans Solar Farm may offset nearly 40,000 tons of CO2 per year -- equivalent to taking over 7,600 average cars off the road)

Soil
  • Solar facilities do not damage soil resources, unlike conventional power projects, industrial sites or commercial development.
     

  • Solar facilities produce no pollution in operation.
     

  • Solar farms are increasingly co-located with beneficial agricultural uses such as pollinator-friendly vegetation.

Water
  • Unlike conventional power plants, operating solar facilities 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.
     

  • Solar facilities are excellent protectors of watershed resources.

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