Mark Buckley and his co-authors, Stephanie Dashiell (The Nature Conservancy) and Dustin Mulvaney (San Jose State University), published a report exploring the economic benefits of developing utility-scale solar energy on low biodiversity value land in California. They found that “developing utility-scale solar on low biodiversity value land resulted in shorter permitting timelines and required less compensatory mitigation. Further, solar sited on low biodiversity value land could result in up to 14% overall project cost savings when compared to solar projects built on high biodiversity value land.”
View the Executive Summary here.
View the report here.