Renewable energy is the key to America's economic prosperity and sustainable energy future. Exciting technologies for harnessing the power of the sun, the wind, and the earth's heat are continuing to be improved and embraced across the country. Individual states' mandated Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), renewable energy tax incentives, and the growing public support for renewables is spurring the industry to unprecedented levels of development.
One of the most promising ideas for immediately expanding renewable energy is to clean up and re-use brownfields or other disturbed lands to site new clean renewable energy generation facilities. Because they are underused, abundant, and often close to load, contaminated lands have tremendous potential for renewable energy development in all fifty states.