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The Natural Capital Value of Solar

Britain’s large-scale solar PV industry delivering benefits for biodiversity and sustainable agriculture

A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that well-designed and well-managed solar can support wildlife habitats and meaningfully contribute to achieving national biodiversity targets.

This document aims to present a broad range of examples of biodiversity enhancement and management, illustrating best practice through a series of case studies from our members, as well as new research from Lancaster University and the University of York who are driving this work
forward.

By supporting healthy ecosystems at a local level whilst avoiding climate change-causing emissions from coal and gas power stations,
solar PV can play a significant role in the UK’s response to both the climate and biodiversity emergencies.

~ Chris Hewett

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Kevin McCann

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