EPA, NREL Offering New Tools For Solar Projects On Contaminated Land












The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have launched new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential.

The “decision trees” give local communities and landowners ways to evaluate sites for renewable energy potential without the need for technical expertise, the agencies explain. The EPA estimates that nationwide there are approximately 490,000 sites and almost 15 million acres of potentially contaminated properties.

The 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.



  1. Tom Leach says:

    Hawkins County, TN has installed solar panels on county schools. Any news on the energy savings?

    • SLevy says:

      We will inquire whether installed solar panels on county schools lead to any energy savings. I presume that you are referring to the electric utility bill.

  2. SLevy says:

    Tom: I have checked with the state and other sources but cannot validate the energy savings in Hawkins County as yet. I have added a release specifying the tax payer savings from a California school.

    The Antelope Valley Union High School District in Lancaster, Calif., had more than 40,000 solar panels installed on 11 district buildings as means to cut down on utility costs. As a result, the school will save $2 million per year that can instead be spent on school programs. The systems came at no cost to the school district because the panels were bought through a PPA.

    Read more: http://govpro.com/green/content/Trina-solar-20120508/#ixzz1vpMMjyKP

    • SLevy says:

      We are visiting the Hawkins schools later this month and will be reporting the benefits of the solar to the community.
      Steve Levy

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