Planning tool available for evaluating and comparing possible wind turbine locations

Virginia Renewables Siting Scoring System (VRS3) by Dr. Maria Papadakis and Dr. Jonathan Miles, James Madison University

The VRS3 scoring system is a land use planning tool that enables communities to systematically evaluate and compare different locations as to their degree of suitability for wind turbines. It guides users through a variety of factors, including technical feasibility, land use considerations, natural resource and wildlife impacts, and community development criteria.  The VRS3 workbook and resources may be downloaded at  The GIS files are also available for no charge on CD or DVD upon request to the authors.  Read on.


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