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.
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.
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.
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.
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.