Summer 2023

Newsletter Archive


How does solar energy impact wetlands

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Miistakis completed a literature review and jurisdictional scan for the Alberta North American Waterfowl Management Plan Partnership (AB NAWMP) to better understand the impact of solar development on wetlands.

As the solar energy industry grows in Alberta, it is important to understand its potential impact on wetland ecosystems and their functions. In the review, we summarize the limited current state of knowledge to provide insights into the key factors that determine the impact of solar development on wetlands and identify areas where further research is needed. We further summarize how jurisdictions in North America are responding to the need of wetland protection when solar energy is involved. By understanding the impact of solar development on wetlands, policymakers, industry stakeholders, and wetland advocates can make informed decisions that balance the need of renewable energy with the importance of protecting Alberta's natural resources.