We aim to carry out sustainable developments which are environmentally benign and conducted in a manner which has the least possible impact on other species. Our approach in this respect is to consult with stakeholders and local interest groups in order to identify potentially sensitive issues so we are able to agree a scope and methodology that best defines not only how the baseline surveys will be carried out, but also how the project may impact on such sensitivities.
Solar projects require a series of assessments to understand and mitigate any adverse environmental impacts. These include the following:
- Vegetation and wildlife surveys are being conducted to inform the environmental evaluation that will determine potential environmental effects of the project.
- A noise impact assessment will be completed to assess compliance with AUC Rule 012: Noise Control.
- Historical resource potential will be assessed and used to prepare a Historical Resources Application for submission to Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women.
Results from the biophysical evaluation, noise impact assessment and historical resources application will be compiled into an application for approval to the AUC under Rule 007.
The Barlow Solar Park has received approval from the Airport Authority and NAVCanada. A Glint/Glare analysis was completed for the Barlow Solar Park project, and it was found that there is no glare potential along Barlow Trail SE and 114 Avenue SE.
As part of the development process for Barlow Solar Park, all of the environmental assessments will be considered in the design.