Impacts of Converting Forest Land to Solar

Invenergy LLC is expanding their utility-scale solar projects from mainly utilizing agricultural land. As the renewable energy industry continues to grow, the least impactful land to utilize is decreasing, causing companies to look to additional land options for development. Invenergy LLC is exploring the impacts of expanding their projects to include converting forested timber-harvesting land for solar use.

Invenergy LLC would like an in-depth analysis done of all potential considerations surrounding converting land currently being used as a timber forest into a utility-scale solar project, as compared to using typical agricultural farmland for project development. The analysis should review factors including, but not limited to, runoff, carbon offsets within the project life cycle, habitat disturbance, project economics, maintenance, community relations, and potential constructability concerns.