Regenerative development refers to the practice of using natural and human resources in a way that builds capacity for future growth. It goes beyond merely seeking to reverse the degeneration of the Earth’s natural systems and looks for ways to design human systems that can coevolve with natural systems and generate mutual benefits.
Regenerative development encourages a holistic approach and the formation of positive relationships that benefit stakeholders and the environment by creating systems that are strong, flexible, and able to adapt to changing circumstances.
Whenever possible, Clearway’s renewable energy sites are located outside of protected lands or areas with high biodiversity value. Our projects adhere to and comply with the guidance provided by regulatory agencies to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts on sensitive species and habitats during all phases of our project lifecycle, from siting, development, and construction to operations, maintenance, and adaptive management.
We implement rigorous biomonitoring and curtailment protocols as part of our biodiversity and wildlife management.
For our sites within the migration corridor used by the Aransas-Wood Buffalo population of whooping cranes we conduct mandatory awareness training for all staff who work at these sites. At other wind sites, we use bio-monitors to watch for eagles flying near the wind turbines and stop the operation of those wind turbines to protect the eagles.
“Seasonal curtailment” is used to help protect bats at a wind site with significant bat activity. During the summer and fall seasons when bat activity is highest, the site’s turbines are stopped if wind speeds are below a set “cut-in” speed – if wind speeds are above this cut-in speed, bats are unlikely to be flying.
We created a 50-acre conservation easement within the Alpine Solar facility to protect land suitable for the restoration and enhancement of burrowing owl nesting and foraging habitat. At several sites we maintain wildlife corridors for small mammals by creating openings in the bottom of security fences at our solar sites. At California Valley Solar Ranch, site lands within the conservation easement had been degraded by past farming and grazing. In 2020 we completed seeding 71 acres of the easement with native shrubs to enhance the habitat for giant kangaroo rat, San Joaquin kit fox, San Joaquin antelope squirrel, and pronghorn antelope.
We protected approximately 4.75 acres of habitat for the black-capped vireo, a small bird native to the U.S. and Mexico, at our Langford wind site in Texas. In addition to barriers to protect the habitat, we conduct awareness training for all visitors and staff to educate them about the black-capped vireo and the importance of conserving biodiversity.
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