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As anthropogenic climate change continues to alter our environment, the need for supplementing fossil fuel consumption with sources of renewable energy such as solar increases. The objective of this study was to identify suitable sites for utility-scale solar across Wisconsin using Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) techniques.

This work identifies areas in Wisconsin that are most or least suitable for utility-scale solar energy from a landscape and modeling perspective, which should be treated as a starting point for energy planning. The Universities of Wisconsin properties or other areas that are identified as highly suitable in our analysis still require additional research, stakeholder input, and decision-making for solar development.