US EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative encourages renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites when such development is aligned with the community’s vision for the site.
This webinar will discuss and demonstrate a new tool that helps interested parties screen sites for their suitability for solar or wind installations.
Developed by US EPA's RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, the RE-Powering Electronic Decision Tree tool guides interested parties through a process to screen sites for their suitability for solar photovoltaics or wind installations. EPA encourages renewable energy on already developed or degraded land instead of green space. The tool addresses the following types of sites:
- Potentially Contaminated Sites (Superfund, Brownfield, RCRA, mine site)
- Landfill (Municipal Solid Waste, Construction and Demolition or similar unit)
- Underutilized (Abandoned parcels, parking lots)
- Rooftop (Solar PV only; Commercial / Industrial roofs)
This informational resource will help ascertain whether potential barriers to a solar or wind project exist at a site of interest. It provides:
- A step-by-step walk through of key considerations for renewable energy development at the site;
- Suggested resources to help you answer screening questions to gauge the site’s potential; and
- Reports summarizing your answers to the screening questions, initial findings regarding suitability and other comments about the site.
Positive findings from the screening should create confidence regarding the site’s suitability and should serve to generate interest and commitment from affected stakeholders. Such screening provides a critical step in the front end of a longer process for a successful renewable energy installation; more detailed site-specific assessments should be undertaken as the project is pursued.
The webinar will consist of an overview presentation, a short demonstration of the tool, and time for questions and answers.
Our presenter is Adam Klinger, who is currently serving as the program manager for the RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative within US EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. The Initiative seeks to promote renewable energy development on contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites provided such development is aligned with the community’s vision for the site. Adam has been with the Agency for over 20 years involved in a variety of issue areas associated with the Agency’s air and land management programs. Adam received his Bachelors degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
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