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Community-Scale 50-Meter Wind Maps

The Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach initiative provides 50-meter (m) height, high-resolution wind resource maps for most of the states and territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the United States. Counties, towns, utilities, and schools use community-scale wind resource maps to locate and quantify the wind resource, identifying potentially windy sites determining a potential site's economic and technical viability.

Map of the updated wind resource assessment status for the United States. Go to the Washington wind resource map. Go to the Oregon wind resource map. Go to the California wind resource map. Go to the Nevada wind resource map. Go to the Idaho wind resource map. Go to the Utah wind resource map. Go to the Arizona wind resource map. Go to the Montana wind resource map. Go to the Wyoming wind resource map. Go to the Colorado wind resource map. Go to the New Mexico wind resource map. Go to the North Dakota wind resource map. Go to the South Dakota wind resource map. Go to the Nebraska wind resource map. Go to the Kansas wind resource map. Go to the Oklahoma wind resource map. Go to the Missouri wind resource map. Go to the Alaska wind resource map. Go to the Hawaii wind resource map. Go to the Michigan wind resource map. Go to the Illinois wind resource map. Go to the Indiana wind resource map. Go to the Ohio wind resource map. Go to the North Carolina wind resource map. Go to the Virginia wind resource map. Go to the Maryland wind resource map. Go to the West Virginia wind resource map. Go to the Pennsylvania wind resource map. Go to the Rhode Island wind resource map. Go to the Connecticut wind resource map. Go to the Massachusetts wind resource map. Go to the Vermont wind resource map. Go to the New Hampshire wind resource map. Go to the Maine wind resource map. Go to the Kentucky wind resource map. Go to the Tennessee wind resource map. Go to the Arkansas wind resource map. Go to the Puerto Rico wind resource map. Go to the U.S. Virgin Islands wind resource map. Go to the New Jersey wind resource map. Go to the Delaware wind resource map.

About the 50-Meter Wind Resource Maps

When the 50-m height maps were first developed many utility-scale wind turbines were being installed at around 50 m high. This hub height is still a very popular height for midsize and community-scale wind projects. Since the development of these maps, the numerical model improvements and increased availability of measurement data has resulted in better wind maps at 80-100-m heights for current utility-scale turbines. These 50-m height maps still provide useful insight for the identification of energetic sites for community-scale projects.

If you are interested in how the NREL maps are created, validated, etc., please read, Geographic Information Systems in Support of Wind Energy Activities at NREL or many of the other wind resource and GIS publications in the NREL Publications database (search using author Dennis Elliott). High resolution wind data files are also available.