Are there negative effects of solar fields? Read on and judge for yourself.
Our last post titled “It’s better than warehouses, I hope”, featured an article from WFMZ News, stating Lehigh Valley International Airport is evaluating some airport sites for use as solar fields. They are considering Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority sites in North Catasauqua, East Allen Township, and Allentown. Some of the land is being leased for farming now.
Land Use of Solar Panels and Fields Can Hurt the Environment
In terms of solar fields and large-scale solar power, the amount of land required for these operations can have negative environmental effects and adverse effects on wildlife. Solar fields negatively affect the environment in the following ways:
- The removal of plants to make room for solar fields can negatively impact soil quality.
- Large amounts of land are usually needed for solar fields, leaving less for agriculture and other natural uses.
- Solar fields can disrupt the natural habitats of animals.
- Solar fields might even directly kill birds if they utilize concentrated light.