EPA estimates that there are approximately 490,000 sites and almost 15 million acres of potentially contaminated properties nationwide. Positioning renewable energy on these sites can increase their economic value, provide a sustainable land reuse option, create local green jobs, and provide clean energy for use on-site or for the utility grid.
The new tools can be used to evaluate individual or multiple sites, such as brownfields, Superfund and other hazardous waste sites, abandoned parcels, landfills, parking lots, and commercial or industrial roofs, depending on the technology. The City of Richmond, California is serving as a pilot community for development of the tools.
Direct links to the tools:
- Screening sites for Solar PV Potential (PDF) (18 pp, 814K)
- Screening sites for Wind Energy Potential (PDF) (18 pp, 863K)