RE-Powering America’s Land
Mapping and Screening Tools
RE-Powering Mapper (PDF) (1 p, 215K)
Screening by Technology
EPA’s RE-Powering Mapper, a series of Google Earth KMZ files, makes it possible to view EPA's information about renewable energy potential on contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites, alongside other information contained in Google Earth.
Using screening criteria developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab, EPA has pre-screened over 80,000 sites for their renewable energy potential. As part of this effort, EPA collaborated with state agencies from California, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. This screening was performed in August 2015.
- Utility Scale (KMZ, 2MB) Sites that screened favorably for renewable energy at utility scale
- Large Scale (KMZ, 2MB: Sites that screened favorably for renewable energy at large scale
- Solar on Landfills (KMZ, 275KB): Landfills that screened favorably for solar at various scales
- Completed Installations (KMZ, 138 KB): Completed renewable energy installations on contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites
- Feasibility Studies (KMZ, 1.94 MB): Sites that received a feasibility study through RE-Powering and NREL/EPA partnership
Click on an EPA region to download data for that area. These maps include screened results of all technologies at all scales
Screening Dataset & Documentation
RE–Powering Screening Dataset (XLSX)
Provides detailed information for over 80,000 sites screened for renewable energy potential
- Screening results for over 80,000 sites for solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy
- Search options by renewable energy at various scales, contaminated land type, or specific site names
- Site–specific reports with site information; EPA Region and program managing the site; and specific acreage and renewable energy resource information.
RE–Powering Mapper GIS Shapefile (13 MB)
The RE-Powering Mapper information can also be downloaded as a shapefile, which provides spatial locations and data used to determine renewable energy potential and associated criteria for each site. This data was used to create the RE–Powering Mapper and the national maps.
This tool was updated in August 2015. Please be sure to download the most current version.
What’s a KMZ file?
KMZ files are the file type primarily associated with Google Earth. Opening a KMZ file will automatically open Google Earth on most computers that have Google Earth installed.
Directions for using the RE–Powering Mapper
Ensure you have Google Earth loaded onto your computer. You can download Google Earth for free online.
Download and open one of the RE–Powering Mapper’s KMZ files to launch the tool.
In the navigation panel under RE–Powering Mapper, sites are first organized by technology and scale, then by program and site type.
Customize your view by selecting renewable energy, site type and contaminated land type to turn layers on and off in Google Earth.
For more information on Google Earth and how to use it see the Google Earth User Guide.
National Maps by Technology & Development Scale
NREL Resource Maps
Provides maps, data and tools for renewable energy resources that determine which energy technologies are viable solutions in domestic and international regions.
Database for State Incentives for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (DSIRE)
Provides comprehensive info and maps on federal and state policies that support renewable energy in the United States
Solar Photovoltaics (PV)
Concentrated Solar Power
Biomass & Landfill Gas
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view some of the files linked to through this page.
See EPA's PDF page to learn more about PDF, and for a link to the free Acrobat Reader.
Siting Renewable Energy
on Contaminated Lands
The Solar & Wind Site Screening Decision Trees build on best practices and lessons learned from installing renewable energy projects on contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites, which are captured in the Handbook for Siting Renewable Energy while Addressing Environmental Issues (PDF) (41 pp, 2MB, About PDF).
Solar on landfills represents one of the dominant trends in RE–Powering. Go beyond screening with the Best Practices for Siting Solar PV on MSW Landfills (PDF) (79 pp, 4MB, About PDF) with considerations from the feasibility stage through design, construction, and operation.
RE–Powering Screening Dataset
EPA’s RE–Powering Screening Dataset (XLSX, 46 MB)
- Provides the data used to determine renewable energy potential for over 80,000 sites
- Allows users to screen for renewable energy potential in key markets, at different development scales, and more.
The Data Documentation for Mapping & Screening Criteria (PDF) (17 pp, 248K, About PDF) outlines the renewable energy mapping methodology, data considerations, data sources and attributes.
Learn how to use filtering and reporting features to target sites with specific characteristics and develop custom reports with this Primer for Using RE-Powering Data to Screen Sites for Renewable Energy Potential (PDF) (20 pp, 1.3MB, , About PDF)
Solar & Wind Site Screening Decision Trees
Learn what characteristics make a site more attractive for solar or wind energy development with these straight–forward decision trees
- Solar Decision Tree (PDF) (18 pp, 815 K, About PDF)
- Wind Decision Tree (PDF) (18 pp, 864 K, About PDF)
These tools walk users through a series of “Yes/No” questions to screen sites for development potential. These decision trees can be used to screen individual sites for their solar or wind potential or for a community-scale evaluation of multiple sites.