How the tool was created
To identify utility-scale generation sites in the region, the team contracted with National Land Realty, which has a GIS solar mapping platform that could be customized to create a mapping portal.
NLR created base mapping layers, and then used LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging, a laser-powered remote sensing method), GIS (Geographic Information System mapping) and parcel data from the Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield county assessor offices to analyze characteristics and properties of land parcels and identify suitable sites for solar development. NLR’s analysts then manually reviewed each parcel to measure how much solar could be built.
This map is one component of a Three-County Regional Solar and Storage planning project, made possible through a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, local matches from Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties, and in-kind support from Holy Cross Energy.
The project is administered by Garfield Clean Energy and staffed by CLEER, CORE and Walking Mountains Sustainability.