What is the environmental impact of solar farms?
Jeff Mayer, August 13, 2018
Solar farms generate electricity from the sun’s rays. Solar power is a form of renewable energy, like the energy that comes from the wind and the motion of the waves. Renewable energy is free and available everywhere if we only take the trouble to capture it.
Renewable energy displaces fossil fuels like natural gas, coal, and fuel oil which reduces or eliminates carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emissions that come from power plants.
Solar farms are not without their critics. In some states productive farmland could be covered with solar panels, preventing the growth of crops. We at Solar Farms New York prefer to support solar farms that are built on so-called “brown fields,” that is, land that is not productive farmland such as landfills, rocky soil, and quarry sites.