NRG Systems, Inc. has announced that Red Horse 2 in Cochise County, Arizona, has installed Bat Deterrent Systems on all 15 of its 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.
Brita Woeck, Environmental Compliance Officer for Red Horse 2, added: “Our goal has always been to minimize the impact of renewable energy production on surrounding habitats. By installing NRG’s Bat Deterrent Systems at Red Horse 2, we are hopeful that we can further reduce bat take at the farm.”
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% of its electricity from renewables by 2030.
“DESRI has been a strong ally for us and we are eager to help them protect bats. It is exciting to see our vision of how the wind industry can play a part in bat conservation coming to life,” said Brogan Morton, Senior Product Manager at NRG Systems.
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