India aims to install 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030.
Renewable Energy India aims to install 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. © Creative Commons

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SiteRight

The SiteRight tool can help select locations for solar and wind projects that can help meet India’s renewable energy goals while avoiding adverse impacts to environment and people.

Rapid deployment of renewable energy (RE) is critical for India to meet its rising energy demand while mitigating climate change. Without careful planning, RE’s relatively larger footprint – typically 3 to 12 times that of coal powered energy generation – can adversely impact people and biodiversity, creating land conflicts that will jeopardise investments and slow RE expansion.

study conducted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) shows that India can meet its renewable energy target of 175 GW by 2022 by more than 10 times by placing RE infrastructure on lower impact lands. However, if maximizing energy production is the singular aim for RE projects, more than 11,900 km2 of forest and 55,700 km2 of agricultural land could be impacted.

RE projects need to be sited responsibly and smartly to avoid land conflicts, associated project delays, higher risks and costs. The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Vasudha Foundation (VF), Center for Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), and Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) have collaborated to create a tool—SiteRight—to support decision makers make better siting choices.

The SiteRight tool is created to identify areas where solar and wind development is less likely to encounter socio-ecological conflicts, thereby helping to reduce project delays and cost overruns.

SiteRight Renewable energy growth in India is setting the pace for the world. See how SiteRight, The Nature Conservancy's new, open access web tool, will help accelerate a clean and green future in the region while helping people and nature thrive.

SiteRight uses the best available information to support early screening and inform siting decisions. It should be one of the sources of information to be considered when taking siting decisions. The tool is NOT intended to replace the need for a site-level assessment of impacts or consult relevant agencies before making siting decisions.


Instructional video for Awareness Module for SiteRight tool.
Awareness Module Instructional video for Awareness Module for SiteRight tool. © TNC

Awareness Module

Provides information on extent of potential ecological conflicts and how much room there is to avoid these.

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Awareness Module How to use the Awareness Module

Instructional video for SiteRight tool.
Site Assessment Module Instructional video for SiteRight tool. © TNC

Site Assessment Module

Provides an assessment of potential sources of conflicts across ecological and social variables for a user-defined area. View the tool for Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and instructional video below.

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Assessment Module How to Use the Project Assessment Module

Instructional video for Planning Module for SiteRight tool.
Planning Module Instructional video for Planning Module for SiteRight tool. © TNC

Planning Module

Helps identify low conflict parcels to meet your solar / wind energy goal. View the Planning Module tool for Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and instructional below.

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Planning Module How to Use the Planning Module

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News and Updates

  • SiteRight featured in World Economic Forum Report

    New Nature Economy Report II: The Future of Nature and Business. Read article.

  • Article in Journal Sustainability

    Renewable Energy and Land Use in India: A Vision to Facilitate Sustainable Development. Read article.

  • Article on SiteRight in Bastion

    Dialogues: Dhaval Negandhi on Siting Renewable Energy Projects Sustainably. Read article.

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Acknowledgment

We thank The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for the financial support to carry out this work.

Disclaimer

This tool and all associated data, information, maps, analysis and results are meant for illustrative purposes only. The Nature Conservancy, Center for Science, Technology and Policy, Foundation for Ecological Security and Vasudha Foundation assume no responsibility and/or liability whatsoever for any interpretation of data, any investment decisions, or actions resulting from the represented information or analysis. We do not make any claims about the authenticity and/or veracity of the datasets used, and strongly recommend that the results are verified and cross-checked at ground-level before any decisions are made.