Project Abstract

Colorado has set ambitious goals related to renewable energy generation. While most renewable energy development has been focused on large projects sited on open, primarily agricultural, land, the State’s new goals will eventually require the development of smaller projects that are closer to electricity demand with minimal, if any, requirements for transmission upgrades. Many brownfield sites can offer a number of attributes that make them attractive for renewable energy development including proximity to population centers and utility infrastructure, the potential to make productive use of property that has restrictions on development, and the opportunity to integrate economic development and habitat improvement. This project builds on federal and state efforts to more completely identify suitable renewable energy development sites within Colorado and make that information easily accessible to stakeholders.

Agencies: 

Governor’s Office

Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration, Office of the State Architect

Research Partners: 

Convergence Associates LLC

Colorado State University

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