Easing Liability Concerns on Solar Farm Developments

by Rodrigo Valencia, on June 25, 2024

Compliance with environmental protection requirements is essential, especially when solar developers begin to consider the implications of the soils they build on and how their actions could negatively impact neighboring farms and the community as a whole. For example, solar developments built on farm lands often contain soils unstable for construction. When bad, unstable soils are encountered, builders may use chemical treatments like lime or cement to harden or stabilize the subgrade. Chemical stabilization is known to alter water pH for adjacent farms, opening developers up to liability issues.

Liability concerns don’t stop after construction is complete. Solar panels and access roads create  impermeable surfaces that can cause sediment to runoff if proper stormwater controls aren’t put in place. Sediment in waterways can harm aquatic life and damage ecosystems. This can also negatively impact the water cycle and quality, even affecting neighboring agricultural farms and communities. That’s why proper planning, and effective stormwater management are crucial to prevent erosion, water contamination, and other environmental issues associated with solar projects.

IMG_7206.jpgOne proven way solar developers are reducing the impacts from stormwater runoff is with mechanical soil stabilization using geogrid. Tensar InterAx geogrids are the most advanced and designed to reduce aggregate and enhance performance over poor soils.

Benefits Include:
  • Eliminating construction uncertainties
  • Reducing aggregate up to 70%
  • Lowering construction costs up to 50%
  • Faster construction
  • Consistent performance
  • Reduce carbon footprint

Also, access roads stabilized with Tensar geogrid have less rutting, improve bearing capacity and increase traffic capacity. This means that owners can count on reduced maintenance costs and keep operations running smoothly.
Watch this video to learn how developers are easing liability concerns, reducing construction costs and benefitting owners with reduced future maintenance costs on their access roads.