U.S. Renewable Resources Map Highlights Abundance of Potential
Different regions of the United States provide a mix of sustainable energy resources that can be utilized to provide wealth of power production.
As demonstrated by countries like Costa Rica, in order to reach more large-scale and reliable levels of power production through renewable resources, it’s necessary to combine a variety of assets. From bio-energy (derived from various feedstocks), wind, geothermal, solar, and more, renewable resources can be found in many locations, but the availability varies by each.
Creating sustainable communities is the right path forward, but part of sustainability includes pursuing opportunities that do not burden the Triple Bottom Line—if the economic, environmental, and social variables don’t intersect to each other’s benefits, pursuits will ultimately not be sustainable. For example, expensive investments in projects that don’t create enough renewable resources may ultimately lead to project failure due to their minimal Return on Investment.
Luckily, the United States benefits from a large prevalence of assets, thanks in part to its varied terrain. From abundant wind, biomass, solar, and other forms of energy, the U.S. is positioned to take advantage of them. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory maintains a map (among other resources) outlining the prevalence of these energy sources throughout the country, and provides some estimated values in terms of potential energy generation.
This touches on part of the necessary due diligence to ultimately make a project possible. Careful examinations of existing resources need to be provided for a project’s region—such as access to feedstock for bio-energy production, or annual photovoltaic energy averages for potential Solar PV performance and output. All these factors are calculated into advanced economic models that help determine project feasibility—and if the economics don’t look favorable, so, too, will the path to making a project a reality.
Thanks to more ready access to information repositories of this kind, such due diligence can now be more easily fulfilled for potential stakeholders interested in pursuing projects in sustainability. Even members of the community can create project initiatives backed up with solid research, thanks to information available on the Internet.
Team Gemini continues to be engaged in research and due diligence efforts to fulfill projects for a variety of communities. To learn more about Team Gemini’s diverse technology solutions, visit http://teamgemini.us/technologies/.
For more information on renewable energy resources and developments in the United States, you can check out http://www.nrel.gov/.