Finding ideal sites for solar and wind projects can be challenging, especially for those who lack technical expertise. But Bloomberg reports that the EPA and Energy Department have made this easier by offering new tools for evaluating commercial and industrial rooftops, parking lots, and contaminated land for renewable energy potential.
The EPA says its solar and wind decision trees are available to help state and local governments and landowners to identify feasible sites for renewable energy. This may be a bit surprising, but some of the best areas for renewables are on contaminated sites, about 490,000 covering almost 15 million acres across the U.S. according to the EPA. The ability to reuse this land could have great economic and environmental benefits.
The EPA offers various other tools for the private solar sector, as well as resources such as podcasts, data, interactive maps and more. Check them all out on http://www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland/