Renewable Energy

The production and delivery of renewable energy is becoming a top priority in the U.S. Many of the Western states currently have laws requiring utilities to generate 25% of their electric power with renewable energy by 2025 and it's probable that renewable energy production may be much higher than that in the next decade.

EcoFlight works with advocates of wind and solar energy which provides a zero emissions energy source, important for our future, and our air and water quality.

But like any new development, improper placement of wind turbines, utility lines and related structures, together with construction and maintenance disturbance, has the potential to adversely impact public lands and critical wildlife habitat and migration corridors.

EcoFlight works with conservation groups to support responsible development of renewable energy projects, that require comprehensive, ecologically sound, science based analysis in determining where those projects should be sited.

Renewable Energy by state
Arizona
California
Colorado
Idaho
New Mexico
Wyoming
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FLIGHTS: Renewable Energy
Arizona, Maricopa County - Solar
State: Arizona
Region: Phoenix, Maricopa County
Description: The Phoenix area is surrounded by both prime solar sites and saltflat landscapes that often go without very much environmental protection. Tour around this desert landscape with EcoFlight and see future solar sights as well as proposed wilderness and conservation areas... read more
California - Solar Energy Zones
State: California
Description: Balancing the ability to tap solar energy's potential while minimizing environmental impacts means building a program that guides projects to low-conflict solar energy zones: areas with great solar resources that do not contain critical wildlife habitat, wilderness quality lands or sensitive cultural resources... read more
California, Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
State: California
Region: Mojave Desert
Description: Thousands of “Heliostat” mirrors are programed to track the sun and point toward a solar receiver filled with water on top a 400 foot high tower. The high temperature turns the water into steam which is piped into a turbine, generating electricity at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System... read more
California, Palm Springs - Wind Power
State: California
Description: This wind farm on the San Gorgonio Mountain Pass in the San Bernadino Mountains contains more than 4000 separate windmills and provides enough electricity to power Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. Developed beginning in the 1980s, it is one of three major wind farms in California... read more
Colorado, Alamosa - Solar
State: Colorado
Region: Southwest Colorado
Description: With nearly 340 days of sunshine a year, 80 acres of land in the San Luis Valley is home to the Alamosa Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Plant, an 8.2 megawatt-dc installation that generates about 17,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power 1,500 homes... read more
Idaho, Boise - Proposed Wind
State: Idaho
Region: Boise
Description: Based on its failure to meet the requirement for comprehensive, ecologically sound, and science-based anaylsis in regards to its location, Western Watersheds Project is protesting the China Mountain Project, a proposed wind farm in the Brown's Bench area of Idaho... read more
New Mexico -  Wind
State: New Mexico
Region: Eastern New Mexico
Description: New Mexico has a total of 698 megawatts of wind power capacity installed at seven wind power plants. The first utility-scale wind power plant in New Mexico, near House, commenced operation in July 2003. Known as the New Mexico Wind Energy Center, it is 204 megawatts in capacity... read more
Wyoming - Wind
State: Wyoming
Description: Although Wyoming has one of the highest wind power potentials in the U.S., it is important to have an understanding of potential impacts of wind development on affected wildlife in Wyoming. Its geography of high-altitude praries is ideal for both wind development and the habitat of elk and antelope... read more