Solar is Good for the Earth

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

  • Solar energy generates emission-free electricity.

  • Reduces reliance on fossil fuels and avoids greenhouse gas emissions (Energy from Coeymans Solar Farm may offset nearly 55,825 tons of CO2 per year -- equivalent to taking over 12,136 average cars off the road).

  • 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.

  • Unlike conventional power plants, operating solar facilities use little to no water. The low impact design also maintains a 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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