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Building renewable energy: utility scale solar farm location risks

Building renewable energy: utility scale solar farm location risks

Climate change is one of the Earth’s most pressing concerns. While seemingly minuscule, a 1.5-degree Celsius global average temperature increase could cause catastrophic damage and loss of life.

Hoping to prevent such loss, much of the world is rallying around efforts to reduce carbon emissions. And while many strategies can help, shifting energy production from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is one of our primary opportunities to address climate change.

The effort is gaining serious momentum. Global renewable energy growth is increasing exponentially. According to the International Energy Agency, renewables are forecast to account for more than 90 percent of global electricity capacity expansion from 2022 to 2027. In addition, the Inflation Reduction Act’s incentives reduce renewable energy costs for businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, and state, local, and tribal organizations. This work is critical to lowering greenhouse gas emission footprints and accelerating the clean energy transition.

The role of solar in the great renewable buildout

Much of this renewable energy buildout will be in the form of solar photovoltaic (PV). As a lower-cost option for new electricity generation, PV should propel investment in the coming years.

In this thought leadership piece Liberty Mutual experts outline why the location of a utility scale solar installation is a key consideration.

Contributing authors

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David Colburn

Industry Practices Director – Energy
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Thomas Clifton

Head of Power & Renewables
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Alanna Klein

Product Director – Construction and Energy

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