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A Systematic Approach to Site Selection with Transect

by Transect Team, on May 25, 2021

Scouting for sites takes time and effort...so Transect helped automate the process!
For a leading utility-scale solar developer, the initial site selection process was "cumbersome, tedious, frustrating, and unrewarding."

They knew that they could make their process "smarter while using less time and energy," prompting them to reach out to Transect. After using Transect's Site Selection feature, they said, "it's kind of shocking how easy Transect has made the siting process for us."


The developer wanted to systematically search an area of ~30 million acres for the best land for the development of their future solar projects.
Issues before Transect 
  1. It would take hundreds of hours to narrow down a large area to viable sites.
  2. Each team member had their own approach and methodologies to the site selection process, causing results to be inconsistent.
  3. It was difficult to keep track of what area had been searched and by what method.
  4. They weren’t sure if they ended up with the best possible sites for their development or not.


The developer sat down with our team of experts here at Transect to find a solution to their challenges. We conducted an initial consultation to narrow down the parameters of what they would like to search by. Seven parameters were identified with associated business logic. (Ex: the median slope of a parcel is <10 degrees)
Transect allows us a way to be more consistent across the board so that we’re all speaking the same language. 
How Transect Helped 
Transect narrowed down ~30 million acres to 58 viable sites within hours.
From the initial site selection to sending out mailers, the entire process only took three days.
  • Time Back5 to 10x faster than their original process, from hundreds of hours to just a handful of hours to select viable sites.
  • ConsistencyAbility to search a large area of land with the same parameters and business logic across their team.
  • CollaborationAll parcels are uploaded into projects within Transect, where it was easy to share amongst the organization.
  • High Level of ConfidenceThe developer searched the entire area programmatically, avoiding human error or bias.

Want to sample Site Selection, the feature that helped this developer speed up their siting process to be 5 to 10x faster? Schedule a demo now!

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