Solar Mapping Project
   

The Department of Natural Resources is analyzing its state trust lands to identify potential solar development lease opportunities. 

 
To fulfill DNR's obligations to support schools, universities, and other public services throughout the state, the Clean Energy Program is creating an interactive map of DNR-managed lands for potential solar energy development leases.
 
Solar energy and other forms of renewables provide a unique new opportunity for DNR, our lessees, and our trust beneficiaries.
 
DNR is beginning a mapping project to identify the most beneficial properties for renewable energy, particularly solar. The map will be live on our website by the end of 2022. This mapping project is designed to identify the preferred properties for solar that would have the least impact.  
 
This project is designed to evaluate site potential only. This is an opportunity to avoid negative impacts and create the greatest benefit to the trust. DNR is hoping to identify concerns about solar on specific properties early, so we can help energy developers find the right property for their projects - saving costs down the road. 

Learn more:

Click here to watch a recorded seminar about this mapping project.
 
During this presentation, the Clean Energy Program provides an overview of the draft online web map that DNR intends to use to identify potential DNR managed properties that could be leased for solar development, the processes that DNR used to develop this draft map, and how leasing DNR managed properties for solar development works.
 

About DNR's Solar Energy Mapping Project

Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, set a goal to lease DNR-managed land for 500 megawatts of solar energy development by 2025. This means DNR would like to lease about 5,000 acres for solar development. DNR currently has three solar leases, for a total of approximately 1,300 acres. Our current list of potential sites is about 300,000 acres - fewer than 2 percent of all potential sites.  Solar Map
 
This mapping project is designed to identify the preferred sites for solar that would have the least impact to current lessees, environment, habitat, cultural resources, and community concerns.
 
This project is designed to evaluate site potential only. This is an opportunity for everyone to help site solar development in Washington State and create the greatest benefit to the schools and organizations in your community that benefit from DNR’s leases.

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