Muscle Shoals Solar Facility

Solar Energy Farm

Cardno assisted the client with environmental services including natural and cultural resources support on a proposed solar facility in Alabama, recently slated for construction in 2020.

Cardno completed a natural resources report per regulations outlined by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and assisted with a cultural resources Phase I site assessment and survey. The project conformed with guidelines under the TVA for conducting biological and cultural surveys and impact analysis on approximately 2,474 acres and along an existing 161-kilovolt (kV) transmission line.

Cardno performed services including formal aquatic and wildlife surveys and reports of the Indiana and Northern long-eared bat summer roosting surveys and formal wetland and waterbody delineations. Staff also consulted with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District to prepare and receive an Approved Jurisdictional Determination for Section 404 Waters at the project site. In addition, Cardno archaeologists assisted with the Phase I survey that required both pedestrian and 30-meter shovel testing and hand auguring.

Staff also:

  • Performed onsite vegetation surveys
  • Delivered high-quality GIS maps for impact analysis on the proposed solar layout
  • Supported the environmental assessment production via conference calls
  • Responded to field survey and information requests by the applicant’s lead consultant.