A clean energy buildout in balance with nature 

In the United States, restoring natural ecosystems and expanding clean energy are two sides of the same coin. Clean energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to biodiversity loss, while healthy ecosystems regulate our atmosphere and provide protection from extreme weather. By approaching renewables with a nature-conscious mindset, we’re building clean energy projects that benefit ecosystems, wildlife, and communities. 

Why is biodiversity important?

Biodiversity is the backbone of a resilient planet – the healthy, balanced ecosystems that provide clean air, fresh water, arable land, and diverse wildlife. For millions of people, biodiversity is also the key to their livelihoods, ensuring plentiful crops, generous fish stocks, and natural materials for construction, art, medicine and more.

That’s why Ørsted is working to restore and preserve biodiversity across America. We’re collaborating with leading conservation experts and local communities to deliver clean energy projects that support natural ecosystems. We see renewable energy as a solution that addresses both climate change and biodiversity loss, and have started taking action to conserve ecosystems. Our key biodiversity ambition is to have all renewable energy projects commissioned by Ørsted from 2030 onward make a net-positive biodiversity impact.

Restoring native tallgrass prairies in Kansas

The Flint Hills region of eastern Kansas is home to two-thirds of the world’s remaining tallgrass prairie. To protect this ecosystem and keep it in a healthy state, Ørsted has donated more than $2 million to the Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy. Together with local landowners and environmental partners, we’re conserving and restoring up to 3,000 acres of tallgrass prairie around our Sunflower Wind Farm.
White and gray clouds hang over acres of native tallgrass prairies in Kansas being conserved by $2 million from Ørsted.

Protecting native tallgrass prairies in Texas

From filtering water to storing carbon, prairies are some of the hardest-working ecosystems on the planet, serving people and animals alike. That’s why Ørsted has taken steps to preserve almost 1,000 acres of the tallgrass prairie that grows around our Mockingbird solar farm in Texas. In collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, we’re preserving over 50% of the Smiley-Woodfin Native Prairie Grassland, the country’s largest continuous stretch of this rare tallgrass. 
This field of green grass and yellow flowers  is part of Texas' tallgrass prairie, a rare ecosystem conserved by Ørsted.

Restoring natural wetlands with the Playa Lakes Joint Venture

What does it take to make freshwater ecosystems used by both local wildlife and communities healthy, functional, and resilient? In Ørsted’s case, the restoration of 500 acres of playas – natural wetlands that collect rainwater and create temporary lakes that sustain native animals and vegetation. Together with the Playa Lakes Joint Venture, we’re restoring several playas near our Texas wind farms, reviving key biodiversity hotspots and replenishing local water supply. 
A flock of birds flying over Texas' natural wetlands, an area being restored by Ørsted and the Playa Lakes Joint Venture.

Identifying owl habitats with Arizona State University 

How can burrowing owls and solar panels coexist? This is the question students at Arizona State University have set out to answer. Funded by an Ørsted grant, future biologists, ecologists, and data analysts will identify areas in Arizona with high-priority owl habitats, and look into restoration opportunities. Students will seek solutions for relocating displaced owls and help energy companies understand how to responsibly construct solar farms alongside owl habitats. 
Two burrowing owls in Arizona whose habitat is being conserved through Ørsted's biodiversity initiatives.