EPA, NREL partner to develop renewable energy on potentially contaminated sites (2/24)
The project will analyze the potential development of wind, solar, or small hydro development at 12 sites. The analysis will include determining the best renewable energy technology for the site, the optimal location for placement of the renewable energy technology on the site, potential energy generating capacity, the return on the investment, and the economic feasibility of the renewable energy projects. The 12 sites are located in Calif., Fla., Kan., Mass., Mich., Minn., Pa., Puerto Rico, R.I., W.Va., and Wis.
Some of the sites under consideration for renewable energy projects have completed cleanup activities, while others may be in various stages of assessment or cleanup. Renewable energy projects on these sites will be designed to accommodate the site conditions.
In September 2008, EPA launched the RE-Powering America’s Land initiative to promote the developing of renewable energy on potentially contaminated land and mining sites. EPA partnered with NREL to do an initial screening to determine sites that may be used for renewable energy projects.
For more information on the RE-Powering America’s Land initiative, visit http://www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland/.
For more information on NREL, visit http://www.nrel.gov/.