NRG provides bat deterrent solution to Arizona wind farm

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NRG Systems, Inc. recently announced that Red Horse 2 in Cochise County, Arizona, has installed Bat Deterrent Systems on its 15 turbines. Located 80 miles east of Tucson, Arizona, Red Horse 2 is one of the first combined wind and solar projects in the United States.

Red Horse 2 is owned and operated by D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI), the first commercial adopters of NRG’s Bat Deterrent System. DESRI previously installed Bat Deterrent Systems on all 30 turbines at its Kawailoa Wind facility in Hawaii.

“After a smooth procurement and installation process at Kawailoa Wind, we are excited to be deepening our commitment to wildlife conservation, as well as our collaboration with NRG Systems, by implementing this pioneering technology at Red Horse 2,” said Bryan Martin, chief executive officer for DESRI.

A Bat Deterrent Unit installed on a wind turbine at Red Horse 2. (Courtesy: NRG Systems)

“Our goal has always been to minimize the impact of renewable energy production on surrounding habitats,” said Brita Woeck, environmental compliance officer for Red Horse 2. “By installing NRG’s Bat Deterrent Systems at Red Horse 2, we are hopeful that we can further reduce bat take at the farm.”

“DESRI has been a strong ally for us, and we are eager to help them protect bats,” said Brogan Morton, senior product manager at NRG Systems. “It is exciting to see our vision of how the wind industry can play a part in bat conservation coming to life.”

Energy generated at Red Horse 2 is purchased by Tucson Electric Power and is playing a key role in helping the utility achieve its goal of getting 30 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2030.

A growing number of wind farms are seeking solutions to bat fatalities that NRG’s pioneering bat deterrent technology can address.

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