If you’re a resident of the Green Mountain State and your community is considering a new renewable energy project, you’re in luck: the the Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont–a state-of-the-art GIS-based application that identifies, analyzes, and visualizes existing and promising locations for renewable energy projects–is now available on the Web.
The Atlas is the product of a collaboration between The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, the Vermont Center for Geographic Information and Fountains Spatial, Inc.; it was designed to enable users to choose their town or county and then select from a suite of renewable energy options including biomass, efficiency, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar and wind. Users can map their selection, examine existing and potential renewable energy sites, and check out renewable energy installers and consultants. As a Web application, the Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont can be accessed anywhere and allows users can save their maps and analyses as unique URLs, or export them to a PDF document.
Green champion Senator Patrick Leahy secured U.S. Department of Energy funding for the Atlas project, and said, in a statement, “Vermont has always stood for best practices in commercial and residential development to preserve the environment. The Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont will be an important tool in helping us all to consider the responsible energy options when thinking about our renewable energy future. Successful projects mean greater energy security, a cleaner and healthier environment, and a better quality of life across our state.”