Can desert tortoises and solar arrays co-exist?
One solar energy facility in southern Nevada is helping to answer that question
Large scale solar energy facilities provide relatively clean energy
and create jobs and access to electricity in rural communities. However,
substantial tracts of land are typically needed to capture the sun’s
energy, and the environmental footprint of such projects can be
Continued development of solar facilities on previously undisturbed
land could threaten natural ecosystems through habitat loss and
fragmentation, leading to reduced biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.
Similar to other eco-regions characterized by harsh environmental
conditions, the Mojave is considered a hotspot for threatened and
endangered species. The Mojave Desert tortoise, for example, has been
listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 1990…