Now, this would actually be down to the type of renewable energy, and where the brown field is located. Technically, energy facilities such wind and thermal cannot be built within a city area: equipment conflicts with the health of structural integrity, and windmills can be dangerous around urban populations. Donna Bankey has a good article on wind energy, as cited.
Other forms of energy, mainly hydroelectric, have more of a city by city policy, but a constant, flowing water source needs to be nearby of course. Most cities allow such with proper permits. This will require communication with local government building and zoning departments.
yes, it would be ok to build a solar farm on a brown field. It might be too expensive to be practical though. To be able to build on the site, the owner would need to clean the land up.
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