FAA Glare Analysis Guide

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FAA Glare Analysis Guide for Solare Developers

SolRiver Capital wants developers and installers to know why a FAA Glare Analysis should be done for all projects during the diligence process for you to secure an investment from us. In this guide on the FAA Glare Analysis, we discuss:

  1. What the FAA Glare Analysis is;
  2. Why SolRiver requires it from the developer and when it is needed;
  3. The scope SolRiver requires; and
  4. Who can provide the service.

What is an FAA Glare Analysis?

The FAA Glare Analysis can take several forms depending on the specific project site and system design, as the FAA has no specific standards for airport solar facilities and potential glare. Thus, the Glare Analysis sets parameters used by the FAA to determine whether potential reflectivity issues have been adequately considered and addressed.

When do you need an FAA Glare Analysis and when is it required?

Because the FAA has a broad authority to protect aviation safety, the FAA reserves the right to review any major solar project regardless of its height or location. This essentially allows the FAA to block a solar project if it does not adequately perform glare analysis regardless of where it is located. It is best practice to perform this study early in the project life as it typically is not required to redo, but can slow down the financing process if a more adequate analysis is required by the FAA.

What is the required scope for an FAA Glare Analysis?

The FAA Glare Analysis can take one or more of the following forms:

  • A qualitative analysis of potential impact in consultation with the Air Traffic Control Tower, pilots, and airport officials;
  • A demonstration field test with solar panels at the proposed site in coordination with Air Traffic Control Tower personnel; and/or
  • A geometric analysis to determine days and times when there may be an ocular impact.

SolRiver Capital

SolRiver Capital is a solar investment fund dedicated to financing development, construction, and acquisition of small and mid-size utility-scale projects across the US.

Who can help prepare an FAA Glare Analysis?

Haley Aldrich: