Solar Symposium

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About          Past Symposia


It’s estimated that solar power will grow up to five-fold in the next decade. Solar developers and others working to advance renewable energy recognize that along with successful commercialization, sustainable development requires investment into understanding and minimizing risk from the interactions between solar energy facilities, wildlife, and natural resources.

The biennial Solar Power and Wildlife/Natural Resources Symposium (Solar Symposium) convenes stakeholders from academia, industry, the conservation sector, and public agencies to review the state of the science and identify research gaps and priority questions. The Symposium identifies key concepts around balancing conservation and a rapidly growing solar market, and highlight what we know and emerging topics/questions related to:

  • Evaluating and Mitigating Solar-Wildlife Interactions including Wildlife Habitat
  • Land Management and Wildlife Compatibility
  • Water Resource Management
  • Solar Lifecycle and Natural Resource Considerations

This meeting is organized and presented by REWI in consultation with a Planning Committee comprising representatives from the solar industry, environmental and conservation non-governmental organizations, state and federal agencies, and subject matter experts.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!