SmartDG+ is a free, online, map-based screening tool sponsored by MEA and PPRP. It is intended to help developers and officials identify promising areas for the location of new wind and solar projects in Maryland. The tool focuses on screening factors of relevance to projects greater than 2 MW—i.e., bigger than rooftop solar.)
In order to create SmartDG+, PPRP evaluated electrical lines throughout Maryland, gathered publicly available data on barriers to project construction, and met with county and utility officials to discuss local priorities and policies of relevance. Combining this information is intended to help everyone save time and make better decisions about where to focus further research.
Renewable Resource Availability:
The linchpin of SmartDG+ is a statewide map of 1-to-4 mile wide corridors surrounding electrical distribution and transmission lines that appear strong enough to absorb projects greater than2 MW. Within these corridors, the tool shows areas that remain promising after various standard screens—involving resource availability, land use, protected areas, and more—have been applied. The screening results are shown as technology-specific data layers: Possible Areas for SOLAR; and Possible Areas for WIND.
Viewers can choose additional screens such as:
Utilities must always be consulted to determine whether a specific project can safely and economically connect to the grid.
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