5 things you’ll never learn online about where to site solar power
At a Glance
These days, any solar developer with an Internet connection and a good computer screen can, without even leaving their home or office, easily identify many potential locations for solar development: large, wide-open, relatively flat, south-facing sites that are close to available utility-grid interconnection spots.
But what more than a few developers have learned the hard way is that with almost all projects, it makes sense to retain an engineering and/or environmental professional early on to conduct a “critical issue analysis” of potential solar sites before racing ahead with development. Just like retaining a home inspector before you close on the purchase of a house or condo, retaining the right kind of professional early in the process to conduct an onsite inspection of a solar site that a desktop search suggests as promising can save you from all kinds of grief and wasted expense.