Our Mission: Through science and collaboration, accelerate responsible deployment of renewable energy to mitigate climate change and protect wildlife and ecosystems.

About Us

Scalable Solutions for a Sustainable Energy Future

A Challenge …

Renewable energy continues to expand, providing jobs, energy security, and helping to reduce emissions. Like all forms of energy production, renewable energy can pose some risks to wildlife. There is a need to accurately assess these risks and produce cost-effective, science-based solutions.

… That We Can Solve

Through collaboration and credible science, REWI and our partners are developing solutions to pave the way for a sustainable, clean energy future where renewable energy and wildlife can both thrive.


Years of collaboration with industry, conservation and science organizations, and wildlife management agencies


Companies and organizations that support and partner with REWI


Products and resources listed in REWI's Results Catalog, including 12 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Enabling Sustainable Results


REWI uses novel approaches to assess risk and reduce uncertainty. This informs permitting, siting, and operation to advance renewable energy and improve conservation.


Technology makes it possible to minimize impacts on wildlife. Collaborative research identifies priorities and informs best practices to avoid, minimize, and offset impacts.


Through outreach and collaboration, REWI shares the latest research and helps partners implement renewable energy-wildlife solutions.

A Groundbreaking Collaboration

We are a partnership of leaders in industry, wildlife management agencies, and science and conservation organizations who collaborate on a shared mission:

Through science and collaboration, accelerate responsible deployment of renewable energy to mitigate climate change and protect wildlife and ecosystems.

REWI Partners

Guide to Wind Energy & Wildlife

REWI synthesizes the latest information to provide a summary of what we know about developing onshore wind energy in the U.S. while protecting wildlife and their habitats.


The Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute (REWI) is developing a solar-focused program. To guide this Program, we have developed this National Solar Wildlife Research Plan outlining REWI’s strategic priorities and approach to solar-wildlife challenges and opportunities. The topics covered by the Plan are selected to target key scientific research priorities that are appropriate to the pace and scale of utility-scale solar deployment over the next 10-20 years, and ultimately to advance research that maximizes beneficial effects and minimizes wildlife and ecosystem impacts.

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Test out the REWI Research Hub! Interactive and evolving, the Research Hub is a one-of-a-kind information-sharing center that pools information from credible sources across the global renewable and wildlife research community. By making sound science accessible and consolidated, the Hub empowers energy and conservation/science stakeholders to make data-informed decisions, streamlining paths forward toward renewable energy and conservation goals.

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WWRF becomes Renewable Energy Wildlife Research Fund

In late 2021, the Wind Wildlife Research Fund Advisory Council voted to expand its research scope to include solar power and wildlife research topics and projects. Reflecting new, broadening research priorities, the Advisory Council renamed the research funding body to Renewable Energy Wildlife Research Fund. By addressing top renewable-wildlife research priorities, the Fund ensures that wind and solar energy development, wildlife, and related natural resource protection go hand-in-hand.

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Solar Symposium: Proceedings

These Proceedings of the Solar Power and Wildlife/Natural Resources Symposium, 2021, summarize more than 80 On Demand presentations and panel discussions on current research pertaining to solar power and related wildlife and natural resources.

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AWWI Relaunches as REWI

Washington, D.C., January 18, 2022– Founded in 2008, the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) has been instrumental in advancing the science regarding how wind energy affects wildlife and habitat. Today, the organization is re-launching itself as the Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute (REWI, pronounced ree-Y), to reflect a newly expanded scope that now includes solar.

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