GIS Tools

The set of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Script Tools for Renewable Energy (RE) zoning enable stakeholders to customize the zoning analysis by changing parameters and input files to meet the specific needs of each stakeholder or to best represent the country context.

Update spatial outputs of the SEAREZ study

Script Tool A enables the user to perform step 4b (Calculation of zone attributes; see Figure 1 below) with updated inputs and parameters for any country in the Southern and Eastern Power Pool study region using the spatial outputs available on the spatial data page. The outputs of this tool can be used to update the zone ranking tool and the interactive PDF map.

Estimate resource potential and create project opportunity areas for any region of the world

Script Tool B, Stage 1 allows the user to create a site suitability map, which is effectively a spatially-explicit way to estimate resource potential, using any exclusion and renewable resource inputs provided by the user (stage 1 in Figure 1). These site suitability maps can be used to create project opportunity areas (stage 2 in Figure 1) and estimate their attributes using user-specified inputs (stage 3 in Figure 1) with Script Tool B, Stages 2 and 3. Users must have their own spatial datasets in order to use Script Tool B. Step 4a (Creation of Zones) has not been included in these Script Tools or zoning manual due to the the need for additional third-party software.  



Figure 1. Flowchart showing the renewable energy zoning methodology used in the original zoning study. The red boxes indicate steps in the methodology that can be re-created or updated using the RE zoning GIS tools.



Download version 1.3 (released 01/26/2017) of the GIS Script Tools for RE zoning:

You must have ArcMap 10.2+ in order to use these script tools. 

Through examples and tutorials, the accompanying User Manual describes the key geoprocesses involved in performing the zoning analysis using the RE zoning study’s assumptions. Finally, the user can update two main products of the zoning study, the interactive PDF map and the Excel zone ranking tool.

View User Manual (google doc) (last updated 2/24/2017)

Download datasets for tutorials in the User Manual (119 mb)



Please contact [a] to report issues and bugs.