Solar Symposium

NextEra Energy Resources

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December 1-3, 2021

It’s estimated that solar power will grow up to eight-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 Solar Symposium convened stakeholders from academia, industry, the conservation sector, and public agencies to review the state of the science and identify research gaps and priority questions.

Meeting Topics

The Symposium identified 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 Impacts on Wildlife and Their Habitats
  • Land Management and Wildlife Compatibility
  • Water Resource Management
  • Solar Life-Cycle and Natural Resource Considerations

Meeting Features

  • Day 1: “Solar 101” workshop that presents foundational information related to solar power and wildlife and natural resources.
  • Days 2-3: Live in-depth presentations on the current state of the science for solar and wildlife/natural resources.
  • On-demand presentations: Researchers will present on the state of the science on solar and wildlife/natural resources, with presentations released before the Symposium to watch at your convenience.
  • Resource libraryRegistrants will have access to a resource library, featuring publications, resources, and links to relevant organizations



Thank you to the Solar Symposium Champions & Sponsors!