Renewable Energy Siting Process Gets Boost From New Mapping Tool


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), has released a mapping tool that allows renewable energy developers to identify sites less likely to interfere with the DOD's mission-readiness activities and environmentally sensitive areas.

According to the NRDC, the Renewable Energy and Defense Database will help ensure that the siting of renewable energy avoids conflicts with DOD-related activities.

The database allows developers to identify DOD activities, including DoD base, testing and training range locations; low-altitude, high-speed military flight training routes and special-use airspace; and an extensive inventory of weather and air surveillance radars all within the U.S.

The resource provides GIS data that the NRDC says is largely missing from the current renewable energy siting process, particularly in the western U.S., where opportunity for development of utility-scale wind, solar and geothermal is abundant and the DOD's presence is extensive.

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