19 Dec 2022 .

Climate change and severe weather series 2: Increased solar project flood risk

Solar project flooding

Designing resilient solar projects to withstand catastrophic flooding events is a delicate balance to manage. Designs must meet or exceed code requirements, maintain structural integrity, and minimize both project capital costs and operating expenses. A well-balanced project design is one that maximizes use of the buildable land while avoiding costly impacts from flood damage during the operational period. The latter can be achieved by constructing solar arrays outside of expected flood areas or incorporating a structural design with adequate freeboard and structural strength to survive extreme flood events. Read more here.