Vermont launches renewable energy atlas

first_imgThe Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) is excited to celebrate Earth Day with the launch of the Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont, a state-of-the-art GIS-based web application that identifies, analyzes, and visualizes existing and promising locations for renewable energy projects.The Atlas is the first tool of its kind in the United States to enable users to choose their town or county and then select from a suite of renewable energy options including biomass, efficiency, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, and wind.According to Atlas project director Scott Sawyer, “with the proliferation of energy committees in over 90 towns and cities, it’s clear that Vermonters want a renewable energy and efficiency based economy. VSJF believes it’s important to make renewable energy data accessible to everyone, so that citizens, businesses, utilities, state agencies, and organizations charged with building the state’s future can make informed renewable energy project decisions.”The Atlas was developed by the VSJF, in collaboration with Vermont Center for Geographic Information, Fountains Spatial, and many helpful renewable energy experts.U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy secured U.S. Department of Energy funding for the Atlas project. “Vermont has always stood for best practices in commercial and residential development to preserve the environment,” Leahy said. “The Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont will be an important tool in helping us all to consider the responsible energy options when thinking about our renewable energy future. Successful projects mean greater energy security, a cleaner and healthier environment, and a better quality of life across our state.”Major funding for this project was received from the U.S. Department of Energy through U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund, and the Vermont Community Foundation.Source: VSJF. 4.22.2010last_img