Mitigation and Monitoring

Permanent disturbance of the smallest possible amount of surface area minimizes direct habitat losses. Impacts to native vegetation can be minimized by configuring a wind project to result in the loss of the smallest amount of native vegetation as feasible. In most cases, impacts on protected plant species or small and unique plant communities can be avoided or minimized by carefully planning and constructing the project. Mitigation measures such as segregation and storage of topsoil, soil decompaction, and topsoil replacement, will minimize loss of native vegetation and habitat. New populations can also be established through seed collection and planting, or careful

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relocation of existing plants, followed by monitoring of the survival of relocated or new plant populations.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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