Only yesterday, the US Environmental Protection Agency made it public news that, following a collaboration with the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a new online mapping tool is to be made available to American citizens living in the state of California.
Its purpose is that of boosting the country's green energy industry by pinning down the areas where it is best to begin harvesting renewables.
Apparently, contaminated lands and various properties argued to have become degraded over the years are the first on the list when it comes to building various facilities whose end goal is that of producing clean energy.
More precisely, this Renewable Energy Siting Tool is to provide information with respect to roughly 11,000 portions of land that qualify to enter either of the two aforementioned categories.
Also, it explains whether or not the area taken into consideration can be efficiently used to generate power from renewable energy sources.
Jared Blumenfeld, one of the persons in charge of seeing to the success of this project, explained how, “Solar, wind and geothermal power projects may be the best use for certain tracts of impaired lands. By finding these properties and putting them back into productive use, we can reduce our carbon footprint while meeting the state’s energy needs.”
Backing up his statements, Debbie Raphael from California's Department of Toxic Substances Control made a case of how, “California has long recognized the need to reuse underdeveloped sites and create renewable energy sources.”
She further added that, “This tool allows people to make informed decisions to do both and turn underused land into potential sources of renewable energy redevelopment.”
Interestingly enough, it seems that EPA is also willing to offer its full support to those who decide to look into the possibility of taking one such contaminated or degraded site and putting it to better use by having solar or wind plants installed on it.