GIS tool maps assets for renewable energy development

Washington, D.C., November 8, 2011 – The Natural Resources Defense Council released a mapping tool created in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense that allows renewable energy developers to identify sites less likely to interfere with DOD’s mission readiness activities and environmentally sensitive areas.

Intended as a proactive planning tool, NRDC‘s Renewable Energy and Defense Database – or READ-Database – is a geographic information systems database that captures essential DOD activities, including DOD base, testing and training range locations; low-altitude high-speed military flight training routes and special use airspace; and an extensive inventory of weather and air surveillance radars all within the U.S. The READ-Database will help ensure that the siting of renewable energy avoids conflict with these activities. 

The resource, which is available online through NRDC’s website, provides GIS data that is largely missing from the current renewable energy siting process, particularly in the West where opportunity for development of utility-scale wind, solar and geothermal is abundant and DOD has a geographically extensive presence.

NRDC partnered with DOD in the development of the READ-Database, in order to foster better planning of projects by all involved and accelerate the advancement of renewable energy throughout the U.S.

The READ-Database also aims to improve energy security, create jobs and protect the environment.

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