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Vermont Is Getting A New Atlas

by diane 2010-04-22 09:01

April 22, the Earth Day was celebrated by launching the Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont.
Visitors to the Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont Web site can select from biomass, efficiency, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, and wind renewable energy data layers and use geographic information system (GIS) tools to view existing and proposed projects by area. All renewable energy data layers were created and analyzed using ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop software and published with ArcGIS Server.
The Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont will assist town energy committees, funders, educators, planners, policy makers, and businesses in making informed decisions about renewable energies in their communities, decisions that ultimately lead to successful projects, greater energy security, a cleaner and healthier environment, and better quality of life across the state.
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Vermont Center for Geographic Information, Fountains Spatial, and Overit Media collaborated to develop the atlas in hopes of moving the state's renewable energy projects from concept to reality. ESRI provided professional service support. 
The suite of renewable energy options is further broken down into 20 categories of data for specific renewable energy analysis. For example, users can select options for a town, biodiesel, and vegetable oil and see all the restaurants where they can potentially find vegetable oil waste that could be useful for making biodiesel fuel.
The site also provides tools for calculating energy potential. A solar model, for instance, allows users to enter a roof's facing direction, tilt, and percentage of tree shade and produce a calculation of solar energy potential.
The basemaps for the Web site have a beautiful cartographic look. These were acquired from ESRI's ArcGIS Online basemap services (World Street Map and World Imagery).

 

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