Aspen Participates in Development of Utility Scale Solar Site Mapping Web Application

RBEP Alt Sites on PVMapper_bigBased on the interest in using state-of-the-art tools for alternative energy siting projects, the Aspen Environmental Group planning and GIS teams recently became involved with the development of a new mapping web application, PVMapper.org, developed by the Energy Policy Institute (EPI) at Boise State University. As stated on their website, “PVMapper is a utility scale solar site mapping web application that is open source and free to use. It is a GIS with an easy-to-use interface that provides end users with specific information and capabilities relevant to siting large solar energy projects.” PVMapper is designed to help solar energy developer analysts better locate and plan renewable energy projects. This tool has relevant applications for environmental analysts particularly to help determine site suitability for projects (e.g., for alternatives development/analysis).

In late 2013, Aspen staff attended a Beta Test session of the PVMapper and PVDesktop Tools in Utah. In May 2014, the team of developers from EPI conducted a company-wide PVMapper training webinar for Aspen. In addition, as part of the Volunteer Review Committee, the Aspen planning and GIS teams review, comment, and provide feedback to the EPI development team who are looking for industry input into improving the application for end users.