The State of Vermont is a leader in the nation for reducing their carbon footprint to mitigate climate change. The unintended consequence of incentivizing solar development is a strong desire by developers to place solar fields within and adjacent to wetland resources. This situation has brought up many interesting questions: Can solar avoid wetland resources and achieve energy production goals? Are posts and aerial coverage of panels all that impactful to wet-meadows? How does the annual mowing effect invasive spread? Is solar less impactful than agricultural production? Is solar competing with wetland restoration efforts? Or could solar be a form of wetland restoration?
This presentation will explore Vermont’s experience with solar development, provide management tips, and delve into Vermont’s ongoing research, monitoring, and policy development.
In 2015, NEIWPCC and ASWM co-hosted a two-part series webinar (ASWM log-in required) about solar development and wetlands. This is a follow up presentation on the advances in Vermont solar policy with wetlands.
This webinar is part of the New England Wetland Webinar Series, hosted by NEIWPCC with funding from US EPA. Webinars are free, but registration is required. For more information, including additional webinars and past recordings, visit bit.ly/wetlandwebinar.