What types of equipment and design are used in the plants in the Wiki-Solar Database?
Ideally utility-scale solar projects should be sited on land that is not required for agricultural production, and does not affect sites of scientific, ecological or recreational value.
A wide variety of different approaches have been used:
A good approach is often to re-purpose sites whose previous use is now redundant. Examples include former:
Mines and quarries
Cleared industrial or residential areas
Disused port facilities
Solar projects can often co-exist with other developed land-use, for example:
Car parks and car-ports
Rooftops of factory and warehouse buildings
Unused parts of airfields and military bases
Land that has low agricultural value is often suitable. Some countries also designate certain types of land as being more suitable for solar installations:
Desert and scrubland
Strips alongside roads and railways
Agricultural land is often used, especially when it is not very productive, or is not required for crop production.
Increasingly solar projects are also being deployed on water, such as:
Lakes and reservoirs
Canals and rivers
Where we have specific information about the existing or former land-use of sites used for specific projects, this is held in the Wiki-Solar Database.
Separate maps for projects using some of the most common options are available - use the pull-down menu under 'Land-Use' above.
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