Janke, J. R. Multicriteria GIS modeling of wind and solar farms in Colorado. Renewable Energy, 35 (2010) 2228-2234. http://people.umass.edu/bethanyb/Janke,%202010.pdf
Multicriteria GIS Modeling of Wind and Solar Farms in Colorado
This article uses GIS to determine the best locations for wind and solar energy in Colorado, an important thing to do with renewable energy on the rise. Colorado gets 98% of its energy from fossil fuels as of 2010 (Janke, 2010, 2228). By utilizing more wind and solar farms the state can lower its carbon footprint and increase its energy security.
The author uses GIS data to map a variety of variables including wind speeds, amount of sun, distance to cities, distance to transmission lines and more. Using this compiled data, the areas with the most viable characteristics for renewable energy sites were determined and rated by percentage.
Using this GIS method, the author found the best locations for renewable energy sources. This could be applied to any state (or any place at all) and would be an important step in deciding wind and solar farm locations.