Brownfields into Greensites

In a twist, renewable energy projects can also provide the power needed to carry out clean-up of contaminated sites, to render them safe for alternative use. This is happening at several sites in Arizona, California, and Colorado.

This “brownfields to greensites” transformation holds major potential. Teaming up, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have mapped close to 4,100 contaminated sites in the United States—stretching over 5.5 million acres or about 0.2 percent of the country’s total territory—that could be utilized for wind, solar, or biomass development. Fully developed, they could eventually produce as much as 950,000 megawatts, or more than the country’s total electricity consumption. Additional such sites are being identified with geothermal potential.

via Brownfields into Greensites.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Industrial Ecosystems, Pollution, Wind. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s