Solar on Coal-Impacted Lands

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Prioritizing the development of solar on former mine sites can serve as an economic boon to local economies that once relied on the activity at these mine sites. It could also demonstrate how solar projects can be sited effectively on previously disturbed lands—a better alternative than developing solar in places that will degrade intact forests or other important natural habitats. The Solar Workgroup actively works to develop solar projects on formerly-mined sites.

Check out some of the efforts being taken to develop solar on mined land:

Story maps showing the potential for solar development on mined lands