Negative impacts of ground-mounted solar: research & resources

Deforestation for solar harms the climate

This report by Partnership for Policy Integrity to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office concludes that solar projects that clear-cut forests and remove soils and vegetation harm — not help — the climate. The report harshly criticizes the state’s solar subsidy programs:

“First, this project, [almost 200 acres of deforestation of Pine Barrens in Wareham MA] and the others going in, represent not a success of the state’s solar energy policy, but a failure. It is shocking to see that the state’s renewable energy policy is actually incentivizing forest clearing for solar. Climate change mitigation is not just about reducing fossil fuel emissions. Climate modeling is crystal-clear that we need to not only reduce emissions, but actually sequester CO2 that has already been emitted. Restoring and expanding forests is the only means under our control to achieve this at scale. Accordingly, anything that undermines forest carbon uptake is actively undermining climate mitigation. The state should not have a policy that pits solar against forests. Policies should offer incentives for preserving and expanding forests, not destroying them.”

Solar energy

Pine Barrens and Ecology in Southeastern Massachusetts

Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMBPA)

Species of the Coastal Pine Barrens (Massachusetts)

Economics of Saving the Pine Barrens

Webinars on Land Use and Ecology

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