[Tagging] Solar farms

John Willis johnw at mac.com
Mon Mar 28 02:11:18 UTC 2016

> On Mar 28, 2016, at 9:29 AM, Fran├žois Lacombe <fl.infosreseaux at gmail.com> wrote:
> Indeed power=generator + generator:method=photovoltaic is definitely
> what you need.

A lot of solar panels I have tagged are private little installations (farmers convert a rice field to solar, with about 100 panels in a couple rows), and I tag the solar panel rows/sets individually using those tags. 

But what land use is appropriate for the land? It is usually easily mappable because almost all solar panel arrays I have seen are fenced on the property lines. 

I have been using landuse=commercial, but from some recent conversations about industrial, it seems I am probably wrong - though tagging industrial use land in the middle of residential/farm area seems a little weird. A lot of rice fields get converted to construction storage yards (commercial), so that is where my thinking came from. 


Farmers cleared some scrub and fenced off land for some panels. They have added a few more (not mapped yet). 

This is all used to power the local buildings, and the extra dumped back on the grid - it's not some solar farm to generate grid electricity for the utility company. 



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