01 May '12, 12am

New Project Seeks to Turn 500,000 Polluted Sites Into Renewable Power Hotspots

Here's a rare, indisputably good idea: Turning unused polluted or contaminated land into sites for renewable energy production. A collaborative project from the DOE and EPA seeks to streamline the process for doing exactly that. The EPA calls the project RE-Powering America's Land , and notes that the "initiative identifies the renewable energy potential of these sites and provides other useful resources for communities, developers, industry, state and local governments or anyone interested in reusing these sites for renewable energy development." The toolkit will prove useful to businesses, individuals, and municipalities alike, and should help foster speedier renewable power deployment across the half-million polluted sites out there. Bloomberg reports that the two agencies are focused on new tools for "evaluating commercial and industrial rooftops, parking lots, and con...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/energy-policy/new-project-seeks...

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