TRC

Article   |   Mar 6th, 2017 Using GIS Technology to Find Optimal Sites for Utility-Scale Solar Generation: North American Clean Energy

Gis Concept

Developers of utility-scale solar electric generation facilities are in a race to find the best places to install arrays of solar panels. In looking for locations, they’re challenged with finding optimal sites that must fit a slew of criteria, which can be time consuming and costly. Enter Geographic Information Systems (GIS)--mapping tools that can rapidly, efficiently, and effectively identify the most feasible locations for solar power and slash the time needed to bring projects online.

In his article, Using GIS Technology to Find Optimal Sites for Utility-Scale Solar Generation in the March/April issue of North American Clean Energy, TRC's Nate Sylvester discusses:

  • How GIS assists in solar siting
  • Elements that lead to locating optimal solar sites
  • TRC’s holistic approach to solar siting
  • How human expertise is also important