Brightfield parcels, FEMA flood hazard, wetlands, waterways, waterbodies, electric utility infrastructure
COLORADO BRIGHTFIELDS, an innovative new mapping tool, provides access to a wide range of data for thousands of sites suitable for solar energy and wind power in the state. The application is free and easy to use.
Brightfields are marginalized parcels of land that have the potential to be redeveloped through the incorporation of renewable energy. Developing brightfields helps turn blighted or underutilized properties into valuable resources that support local economies while preserving lands with other characteristics for their unique uses.
Over 100 publicly-available datasets have been combined into the mapping application, making it easy for renewable energy developers, communities and other stakeholders to identify marginalized properties for potential redevelopment with renewable energy ahead of utility procurement processes.
In this first version of COLORADO BRIGHTFIELDS, users can search, browse, and filter over 4,000 parcels in 10 counties; view relevant information about legal ownership, physical environment, renewable energy potential and electric infrastructure; explore detailed map elements including transmission lines, substations, publicly-owned land, and conservation areas; measure linear distances and polygonal areas; switch between a simple street base map and aerial imagery; download data to a CSV file; and print maps.
COLORADO BRIGHTFIELDS was conceived to help the state achieve Governor Polis’s bold goal of 100% renewable energy for the grid by 2040 and position Colorado as a leader in the clean energy economy. It addresses the challenge that large, flat, open land close to utility infrastructure will become more difficult to secure for renewable energy generation as the demand for renewable energy increases.
COLORADO BRIGHTFIELDS was developed by Convergence Associates and its partners, Colorado State University and Bright Rain Solutions, with support provided by the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab at the University of Denver.
Communities, Municipalities, Counties
Attract new economic development, improve the local tax base, and support a just transition by identifying marginalized properties in your area to market for solar and wind generation.
Renewable Energy Developers
Access crucial data from over 100 sources to identify parcels for renewable energy development in anticipation of utility requests for proposal.
Policy Makers and Advocates
Formulate policies, incentives and programs to promote the use of marginalized properties for renewable energy while preserving land with higher value for their unique uses.
Explore how COLORADO BRIGHTFIELDS can be expanded to include your Colorado county or adapted for a municipality, county, or organization in another state.
For more information contact us at Brightfields@ConvergenceAssociates.com