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Terrestrial Resources

Cumulative Biological Impacts Framework for Solar Energy Projects in the California Desert

fact sheet

This project will produce predictive habitat suitability and siting criteria maps, and a framework and tools for determining cumulative impacts. The goals of this project are to:

  • Develop a spatial multicriteria siting model for avoiding or minimizing impacts in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) Planning Area.
  • Develop methods and data for off-setting impacts that cannot be mitigated onsite.
  • Enhance habitat suitability models to predict the distributions of sensitive plants, animals, and plant communities so that the models are responsive to the cumulative changes from solar energy development, climate change, and urban growth.
  • Develop a framework for assessing the cumulative biological impacts of solar energy projects and their interactions with future urban growth and climate change and adaptation.

See the PIER Fact Sheet. Publication # CEC-500-2010-FS-016. Posted: December 20, 2010. (PDF file, 2 pages, 160 kb)


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