How to Find and Evaluate Land for Solar Development - Quickly and Easily
Finding and making sense of the data required to evaluate properties for solar farm development can be a long, complicated process, especially if you’re expanding into a new market.
Imagine this scenario. You need to find the ideal 300-acre property that’s outside the flood zone, relatively flat, preferably cleared, and near electric infrastructure.
You begin by collecting property owner data because you need to know the proximity to transmission lines and substations, so you can connect your solar farm to the grid. Elevation, slope, flood zones, wetlands, and soils must be analyzed to determine the site’s buildability.
Hours or even days later, after compiling this data from disparate sources, you have to build your own geographic information system (GIS) so you can integrate, manage, and analyze your data.
If you have a physical address, you can check Google Earth, but you won’t find information about transmission lines, acreage, boundaries, wetlands, and other critical data. You can go to county websites, but there are more than 3,000 counties across the country. Different counties will have different types of data. The lack of consistency adds a whole new layer of complexity and forces you to fill information gaps on your own.
Imagine going through this process and discovering the land is miles from transmission lines and bisected by wetlands.
Wasted time, wasted money.
How geothinQ Simplifies and Accelerates Property Assessments
What if you could gather the data you need in minutes rather than hours or days?
geothinQ is a web-based, user-friendly GIS that has all the data required to evaluate sites for solar development anywhere in the United States, all in one place.
Rather than tracking down available properties and trying to find out if they check all the boxes for solar development, you can search for land in geothinQ based on your exact criteria. Look for properties within a specific distance to transmission lines and substations and use our data visualization features to assess wetlands, flood risk, zoning, LiDAR topography, and other data.
In a matter of minutes, geothinQ shows you properties on a map that are most suitable for solar development. Use graphs, charts, and other data visualization tools to better understand this information and make data-driven decisions.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a GIS expert to assess properties with geothinQ. If you know how to use the internet, you can use geothinQ.
Identify and Analyze Potential Solar Properties in New Markets
There’s no need to travel to a site, only to find red flags after the fact. geothinQ data analysis tools allow you to compile a few dozen potential properties for development, and then whittle down the list to find properties that meet your specifications. Integrations with Google Earth, AutoCAD, and other GIS solutions allow you to move data between systems and create detailed reports.
Once you’ve settled on tracts you want to pursue, you can create interactive presentations and walk clients through each site, explaining your basic design plan for the area you want to develop. This can be accomplished with a computer or tablet from the comfort of your office before you even visit the site.
Of course, your search for the ideal site may take you to a property that’s not on the market yet. geothinQ makes it possible to quickly evaluate the property, get the address and owner information, and contact them to make a deal before your competitors.
With data coverage for the entire United States, geothinQ enables solar developers to identify and analyze properties in new markets without the long, tedious process of manually gathering data from disparate sources. If you’d like to simplify and accelerate the process of evaluating sites across the U.S. for solar farm suitability in just minutes, contact us to schedule a free demo of the geothinQ platform.