EPV (Electric Photo-Voltaic) or Solar arrays are the closest thing to nature that can impact an area where arrays are installed for the following reasons:
- They are usually going on existing structures so their impact is not in addition to some structure that doesn't already exist.
- They have no moving parts that can hurt or kill wildlife (birds are known to be killed or injured when flying into turbine blades)
- They mimic the natural photosynthetic process that basically gives the planet life, where plants create oxygen from synthesizing sunlight and carbon dioxide.
Solar energy is not free to install, but it is very cost effective, and damn near makes the cost of power free once installed and the equipment is fully depreciated. There are no moving parts to be damaged or to damage the environment, and companies that know what they are doing and can provide the engineering expertise to builders, installers and building owners can rapidly deploy solar cost savings into a business model that is cash flow positive. The leading companies in engineering solar solutions (like Mercury Solar Systems out of NY) have demonstrated for clients that solar can be and is actually a profit center for a business with structures exposed to sunlight that don't have solar arrays generating power and selling that power to the grid at standard offered rates.
A solar company like Mercury Solar System that can leverage their economic scale to get the costs of various arrays down to their lowest price point from manufacturers, and with lean US engineering processes and low overheads provide local jobs, training to roofing contractors and local electrical contractors to install solar systems. Solar energy is truly the most viable alternative renewable energy source we have in our modern world and can turn around our economy. The American Petroleum Institute can either fight renewables or embrace the "all of the above" strategy espoused by the Obama administration. The fact is their partnership is imperative for the success of solar. BP Solar is a key strategic researcher and supplier of innovative EPV solutions that show they are part of the global solution on energy.