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How Renewable Energy Works
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Renewable energy can reduce carbon emissions by up to 94% compared to conventional fossil fuel power plants.
Renewables will extend the lifetime of your home, protect the earth, and bring in new property lease profit for more than 30 years to landowners.

Our renewable energy projects will create local jobs throughout all phases of the project and also boost local businesses.
We believe that understanding the community is the most important job for developers.
Hence, we put cooperation with local communities before anything else.
We strive to become a reliable neighbor to the community by listening to local voices and discussing how to well-integrate the project into the community for the benefit of all.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Solar development and traditional agricultural can co-exist side-by-side, and increasingly are found together. Responsible solar development provides benefits to both agriculture and ecosystems by improving soil health, retaining water, nurturing native species, and supporting native pollinators which support local food production. In addition, solar farms help farmers and landowners diversify their income by providing a reliable, drought-resistant revenue stream. This steady income means that farmers are less vulnerable to fluctuations in market prices on their products, uncertain trade regimes, and volatile annual weather, thus helping farmers stay in business. Additionally, at the end of its useful life the project will be decommissioned, and the land will be available for all future potential uses, including traditional agriculture
The power from the project will be delivered into the local electric grid, helping to diversify the state’s energy portfolio. Power generated by the project will be used both locally and transmitted to where it is needed based on demand.
Panels are capable of withstanding harsh weather elements such as hail, torrential rain, and strong winds. Studies, as well as actual catastrophic events such as hurricanes, have shown that solar farms are able to withstand the harsh weather elements.
No. Samsung project will utilize monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which account for over 90% of solar PV panels installed today. These panels use a crystalline lattice of silicon atoms to convert sunlight into electricity. Silicon is the second-most abundant material on Earth (after oxygen) and the most common semiconductor material used in computer chips. It is nontoxic and does not pose a risk to public health or safety. When a project is decommissioned, panels can be recycled as well as be disposed in landfills designated for this type of material
PV solar panels are designed and built with solid, non-toxic materials confined between glass and a metal frame. When operated as intended, or in the rare instance when they fail or are damaged, they do not leach chemicals into the ground.
Yes. Samsung Solar project will be located on private land under long term lease arrangements and at the end of life of the project, the project will be decommissioned and the land will be available again for farming. This is in stark contrast to other developments, such as commercial or industrial building project, which often leave land unusable for agriculture again. After panels are installed, native vegetation – often friendly to bees and other pollinators – will be planted. The deep roots of native vegetation retain more water than turf grass during heavy storms and periods of drought. They also help retain topsoil and improve soil health over time.
As part of the permitting process, the project will provide a detailed decommissioning plan and a commitment to implement the same. At the end of the project’s useful life (35 years on average), panels can be removed and recycled or disposed of in a licensed landfill. Up to 90% of the materials used in panels, much of which is glass, are recyclable
The risk of fire in a utility-scale solar project is incredibly low. The project contains sensors that are capable of detecting a fire that could be occurring in a specific section of the array. Theses sensors will immediately notify Operation and Maintenance team members, who then can power the array. The solar energy facility and its equipment will be operated and monitored to ensure proper safety of the equipment. The project will have a safety and security plan that details fire protection and related education for local first responders. The project will work with local fire and EMS departments to ensure their thorough understanding of the project’s low fire risk and proper response actions.
Impacts to local wildlife are expected to be minimal. Project environmental experts have been assessing the project footprint by conducting site-specific studies to understand and mitigate potential impacts on wildlife. The project will comply with all governing authority regulations associated with wildlife. Small local wildlife will be able to come and go through wildlife friendly fencing, including rabbits and other small mammals as well as turtles and other small reptiles.
Even on a cloudy day, solar panels produce between 10% and 25% of their typical output. Advanced tracking systems also enable solar panels to follow the sun throughout the day and maximize the amount of electricity generated.
No, solar panels themselves are completely silent. Certain pieces of equipment on a solar farm, which include invertors, transformers, and motors, do emit a small amount of sound during the day from sunrise to sunset. Transportation and maintenance equipment – including cars, trucks, lawnmowers and string trimmers – are also a common source of noise on solar farms that most people are used to hearing elsewhere. The impact of this sound is negligible because the equipment is strategically placed within the solar layout and is typically distant from the property lines. A noise study will be conducted to ensure that the project operates within applicable noise limits.
No. Utility-scale solar projects will follow strict electrical safety codes governing the design, construction, and operation of any project. With modern-day underground collection and transmission lines used in the construction of solar farms, stray voltage will not impact neighboring farms. The day-to-day operations of the solar farm will be managed to assure the site continues to follow all applicable codes and regulations. Additionally, Samsung will comply with any stray voltage testing ordered by local authorities.