STATE LAUNCHES ONLINE RENEWABLE ENERGY MAPPING TOOL

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 in News Releases

For Immediate Release: December 21, 2012

HONOLULU — A new online mapping tool is now available to showcase the distribution and locations of renewable energy resources throughout the State of Hawaii. Called Renewable EnerGIS (pronounced eh-ner-JIS), the interactive tool was launched by the State Energy Office to help landowners, developers, residents and policy makers assess the renewable energy potential of sites statewide. It can be found at energy.hawaii.gov under the “Resources” tab.

“This administration is committed to spurring innovative projects and activities in the energy sector that reduce Hawaii’s reliance on fossil fuels,” said Governor Neil Abercrombie. “Clean energy and technological innovation are key drivers for Hawaii’s economic growth, and this interactive tool combines both to provide a new, valuable resource for parties interested in pursuing renewable energy development opportunities in Hawaii.”

Based on available data in the Office of Planning Statewide GIS (Geographic Information Systems) files, also known as “layers,” Renewable EnerGIS displays the location of renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydroelectric, OTEC, and wave. It will also identify related attributes including rainfall, slope, soil characteristics, land use zoning and critical habitats. It does not show existing renewable energy projects, which can be found at the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative website (http://www.hawaiicleanenergyinitiative.org/island-projects-new/).

“Renewable resources are essential to helping Hawaii achieve our goal of energy independence,” said Richard Lim, Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). “EnerGIS is part of a suite of products created by our State Energy Office to enhance the overall understanding of renewable energy resources and associated permitting and siting requirements.”

The Renewable EnerGIS tool is designed to be user-friendly without the need for special skills, software or experience. The user can search for renewable resource information utilizing a navigation map, a tax map key number (TMK) or a site address. A user guide is also available on the website with detailed instructions.

“A good reason to use Renewable EnerGIS is to help with ‘first cut’ site decisions,” explained Mark Glick, State Energy Administrator. “Once you determine what renewable resources, if any, are available at a specific location, the next step would be to conduct a site survey to determine actual site attributes. The Renewable EnerGIS mapping tool is part of the portfolio of self-help applications the State Energy Office offers renewable energy producers that can be found at energy.hawaii.gov.”

The Renewable EnerGIS tool is a joint project between DBEDT’s State Energy Office and Office of Planning Statewide GIS Program.

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For more information, contact:

Noreen Kam
Communications Officer
DBEDT’s State Energy Office
Phone: (808) 587-3860