Brightfields for a Brighter Future: Solar Potential Analysis for the City of Muncie

Authors: Sanglim Yoo*, Ball State University, Lauren Doppke, Ball State University, Christian Terrell, Ball State University, Eric Snowden, Ball State University, Elise Jones, Ball State University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Sustainability Science
Keywords: Sustainability, brownfield, brownfield redevelopment, solar, brightfield
Session Type: Virtual Poster
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 51
Presentation File: Download



The Brightfields for a Brighter Future project was implemented in Spring 2021 as Ball State University’s Regional Analysis and Design Studio. This community-based course was built around the theme of promoting a more sustainable community through analysis of the solar energy potential of existing brownfields in Muncie, Indiana. This project was conducted by ten urban planning major students interested in regional planning, brownfield redevelopment, application of GIS-based planning techniques to regional scale, and sustainable community-building. Partnering with the Beyond Coal Campaign of Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter, students assess, analyze, and evaluate the energy production potential of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panel installations on City of Muncie-owned buildings and public schools, electric grid-connected solar PV installation on brownfields, and off-grid community solar installations. The final result includes the site selection results for the large-scale and community off-grid solar PV installation and digital rendering of the proposed site design. This project was funded by a BSU Provost’s Immersive Learning grant due to its focus on community-based learning.

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