December 1-3, 2021
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Solar power is estimated to 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 will convene experts and stakeholders from academia, industry, conservation, consultants, and public agencies to review the state of the science, and identify research gaps and priority questions.
The Symposium will identify 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
- 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.
- Resources library: Registrants will have access to a resource library, featuring publications, resources, and links to relevant organizations.
- August 20: Abstracts due. Abstract submission is now closed. For late submissions, view the Call for Abstracts and contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Early October: Abstract submitters notified of selection
- Early November: All posters and presentations for on-demand content due for selected abstracts
- Late November: Resource library & on-demand presentations released
- December 1: Solar 101 workshop
- December 2-3: Live panel discussions
Today, many of AWWI’s industry partners are siting, constructing, and/or operating commercial solar facilities. As solar power expands, questions are arising about integrating solar power with conservation of wildlife and other natural resources. Understanding the state of the science and research gaps will help ensure sustainable solar buildout. Building on our unique collaborative model for understanding and addressing wind-wildlife challenges and expertise in planning 13 successful Wind Wildlife Research Meetings, AWWI is well positioned to bring a broad spectrum of parties together to establish a path forward for solar power and wildlife/natural resources.