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Mapping and Screening Tools

RE-Powering Mapper

RE-Powering Mapper
Fact Sheets

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.

National MapNational Maps

  • 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

Regional Maps

Click on an EPA region to download data for that area. These maps include screened results of all technologies at all scales

Map of the US, split into EPA regions Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont Region 2: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands Region 3: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia Region 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee Region 5: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin Region 6: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas Region 7: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska Region 8: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakaota, Utah, Wyoming Region 9: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

RE-Powering Mapper
Screening Dataset & Documentation

RE–Powering Screening Dataset (XLSX)
Provides detailed information for over 80,000 sites screened for renewable energy potential

Data Documentation for Mapping & Screening (PDF)
(17 pp, 248K, About PDF)
Outlines the renewable energy mapping methodology, data considerations, data sources and attributes.

Features include:

  • 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.

RE–Powering Mapper GIS Shapefile Metadata (XML) (35 K)

This tool was updated in August 2015. Please be sure to download the most current version.

Thumb nail image of the opening view of the Renewable Energy Interactive Map through Google EarthExample of a zoomed in vew for a specific site in the Renewable Energy Interactive MapExample of site specific information available in the Renewable Energy Interactive Map

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 Exit EPA disclaimer 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. Exit EPA disclaimer

National Maps by Technology & Development Scale

Renewable Energy
Mapping Resources

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) Exit EPA disclaimer
Provides comprehensive info and maps on federal and state policies that support renewable energy in the United States

Solar US Map
Solar Photovoltaics (PV)
Concentrated Solar Power
Wind US Map
Wind Energy
Biomass US Map
Biomass & Landfill Gas
Thermal US Map
Transmission US Map
Development Scale

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.

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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

Screen of Opportunites

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)

This data was used to generate the maps and the RE–Powering Mapper and national maps. It can be exported for use in other mapping applications.

Solar & Wind Site Screening Decision Trees

Wind Turbines and solar panels

Learn what characteristics make a site more attractive for solar or wind energy development with these straight–forward decision trees

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.

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