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About the Floating Solar Explorer App

The Floating Solar Explorer has been developed by the Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Instuitute in support of the proposed City of Cohoes, NY Municipal Floating Solar Demonstration Project. This initial collaboration is designed to visualize the energy-generation opportunities and potential economic impact of adopting floating solar on human-made water reservoirs.

The Floating Solar Explorer’s U.S. map charts the 24,419 NREL-identified water reservoirs potentially 'suitable' for floating solar, by ownership and potential electricity generation (per MWh).

The individual state map charts the NREL-identified water reservoirs potentially "suitable" for floating solar in the selected state, by ownership and potential electricity generation (per MWh).

A municipally owned and operated floating solar installation not only generates clean energy, it has the capacity to generate economic opportunity for the community as a result of electric bill savings. The City of Cohoes, a Low/Moderate Income (LMI) community with an Environmental Justice (EJ) designation, anticipates saving approximately $500,000 per year in electricity costs; money that can be reinvested back into the working class community.

The Floating Solar Explorer incorporates economic data to better illustrate where the state and national potential is for municipal floating solar installations in LMI communities like Cohoes.

Meeting the ambitious and essential clean energy goals that have been set at the Federal, State, and local levels will require all sectors at all levels to do their part. Cities are on the front lines of that effort, and must lead by example to create the necessary changes at the required pace. Municipally owned and operated floating solar installations may offer a new opportunity to generate success.

This early-stage Rensselaer IDEA project, developed by students and staff, is an example of the type of Floating Solar-related undergraduate student engagement and university-based research projects that can be sparked by and/or help advance this clean energy technology’s growth in the U.S.

Data Sources of the Floating Solar Explorer

Further information

For more information on the Cohoes, NY Municipal Floating Solar Demonstration project contact: Theresa Bourgeois, Director of Operations, City of Cohoes or 518-903-0142 or Joseph Seman-Graves, City Planner, City of Cohoes or 518-233-2130

GNU General Public License v3

The contents of this repository are released under GPLv3. Developers may modify and re-distribute in any way they wish, as long as they then distribute the modified version as free software.


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