Renewable energy and wildlife make a great team. The electricity generated by wind turbines and solar panels are far friendlier to wildlife than most traditional energy sources. No air pollution. No water pollution or even water consumption. No hazardous emissions.
Friendlier to more than just wildlife, don’t you think?
Leading by Example
Still, even renewables aren’t perfect. We know our impacts and feel strongly you should understand them, too. The biggest offenders may just surprise you. For example, the largest single human threat to birds is window collisions — a problem only as far away as our offices, stores and homes.
Working and Learning Together
We work hard as a company to constantly learn more. To that end, we conduct pre- and post-construction studies at the company’s U.S. wind farms whether or not those studies are required. We also train our Operations personnel to monitor and report any dead or injured wildlife found at our facilities.
We believe strongly in applying the best current science, and in participating in further studies to learn more. That has lead us to ground breaking work in avian and bat protection in locations as diverse as a former Pennsylvania coal mine, the windswept Texas Gulf Coast, and the scenic Columbia River Gorge.
We have been pioneers in renewable energy. We also strive to be pioneers in environmental stewardship.