No. Studies show that in addition to helping displace emissions produced by fossil fuel generation, solar energy facilities can improve biodiversity and benefit wildlife by improving habitat in their immediate vicinity (https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.8b00020).
Although solar panels may modify wildlife habitat in the project’s immediate footprint, evidence suggests that these changes are balanced by other habitat-based benefits, and there is currently no evidence to support a conclusion that solar farms have an adverse impact on wildlife’s use of the land surrounding the project. As a part of the permitting process, Red Brick Solar is consulting with state and federal wildlife agencies, including the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to ensure that wildlife is adequately protected.