Photo by Cris Hein; graphic by John Frenzl, NREL.

Behind the Blades: How Cris Hein Helps Bats & Wind Turbines Share the Sky

Like most everyone, Cris Hein thought all bats were vampire bats. That was 25 years ago, before NREL’s lead environmental scientist began researching the world’s only flying mammal. Hein always appreciated wildlife. Growing up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, he liked camping during family vacations and always enjoyed nature … [continued]

Exploring Coexistence of Bats & Wind Turbines

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has awarded three industry teams funding to support research on bats and wind energy projects. Selected through the NREL Enabling Coexistence Options for Wind Energy and Wildlife (ECO Wind) program’s first competitive request for proposals, which was opened in October 2021, the awardees will receive a portion of … [continued]

This Bat Appreciation Day, NREL Shines Light (Literally) On Bat Interactions With Wind Energy

Bat Appreciation Day is April 17, and as we pause to admire these unique creatures, we also recognize that bats face many threats, including increased deployment of wind energy. However, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) … [continued]

Clean Links: Solar, Wind, EV, & Policy News

Other than our 60+ stories from the past week, here are a few more noteworthy ones worth a look or two: Solar Energy 1. MidAmerican Renewables, LLC Completes Acquisition of 550-MegawattAC Topaz Solar Farm from First Solar (solar farm in video above) MidAmerican Renewables, LLC, a subsidiary of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, … [continued]