Impacts of Renewable Energy Facilities

Achieving lower carbon emissions in the United States will require developing a large number of renewable energy facilities, including solar and wind, at a rapid pace. Solar and wind energy facilities emit no air pollution, but, like all types of development, they do have impacts. Unfortunately, misinformation about those impacts is widespread.

The Sabin Center created this resource bank so that advocates, residents of communities that host renewable energy projects, and other members of the public can reach informed opinions about renewable energy. The resource bank contains peer-reviewed scientific articles and other reports about various impacts.

Please contact Matthew Eisenson at [email protected] with questions or suggestions. The Sabin Center is grateful to Naomi Zimmermann and Radhika Goyal for their work on the resource bank. 

Solar Facilities

Wind Facilities



In response to growing misinformation about offshore wind facilities, the Sabin Center has partnered with Urban Ocean Lab to provide up-to-date research to support more informed decision making on offshore wind. A summary of the common concerns about offshore wind energy is available here. For more information and resources on Offshore Wind Facilities, please see below: 

Offshore Wind Facilities