Mitigation measures to reduce impact of solar power projects

The mitigation hierarchy provides developers with a logical framework to address the negative impacts of development on biodiversity and ecosystem services. It is applicable to projects in any sector, including renewable energy, and is based on the sequential and iterative application of four actions: avoid, minimise, restore and offset. There are several existing mitigation measures that can be applied across all the phases of a solar power project.

The IUCN Mitigating biodiversity impacts associated with solar and wind energy development Guidelines for project developers details recommendations for addressing the impacts of solar power projects on nature across four phases: project design, constructions, operational, and end-of-life.

Authors: L. Bennun, J. van Bochove, C. Ng, C. Fletcher, D. Wilson, N. Phair, G. Carbone

Date: 2021