Desktop site screening
Selecting the right site for your project is a prerequisite for success. GRL uses site screening tools and long-term solar insolation to determine resource potential and identify new opportunities for solar energy development. When evaluating sites, we look at numerous criteria such as:
When multiple sites are under consideration, the calculated cost of energy, load matching quality, and other factors play a part in rankings. These comprehensive assessments provide developers with a better understanding of parcel value and help prioritize next steps.
Using our solar resource maps and observational data, GIS layers (including land cover, land use, and development exclusions), and an understanding of your project objectives, we can help identify and assess your siting options. This initial screening is usually followed by site visits by our field engineers, who will work with your team to ground-truth the assumptions, obtain additional information, and select places to install solar monitoring stations to characterize the resource.
When it comes to selecting a site, there is no substitute for site visits. Our field engineers can work with your team to ground-truth the assumptions and data used in the initial site screening (such as the presence and location of existing roads and transmission lines), and address issues such as:
A feasibility study allows you to weigh the potential risks and rewards in developing a project before you make a large investment. Our staff, working with your team, will address some or all of the following issues: