RE Atlas was designed to facilitate energy policy development, investment, and education by making high quality data accessible and easy to understand. The tool creates dynamic maps of renewable resources, including biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind. These resources can be displayed individually or in a composite fashion.
Revealing the complex world of renewables
For example, it provides a map for photovoltaic resources, showing the best locations for PV solar panels (in yellow), and concentrated solar power (in red). A zoom function allows a search all the way to the county level.
Later you can even track down EPA designated contaminated sites.
Dan Getman, whose team in the DOE's NREL Strategic Energy Analysis Center developed the tool, stated, “Ease of use and breadth of data make RE Atlas an excellent tool for policymakers, planners, energy developers, and others who need to better understand the renewable resources available in the United States.”MapSearch (which is in beta) to easily search the collection of maps created by the Geographic Information System (GIS) team. You'll even find maps for international data. Applying different filters dials up hundreds of variables: they include elevation, energy efficiency, fossil fuel, and many more. All of these maps can be downloaded in convenient formats.