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International Wind Resource Maps

NREL is helping to develop high-resolution projections of wind resources worldwide. This allows for more accurate siting of wind turbines and has led to the recognition of higher class winds in areas where none were thought to exist.

This page provides access to NREL-developed wind resource maps and atlases for several countries. NREL's wind mapping projects have been supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for International Development, and United Nations International Programme.

We also provide access to maps available from the Asia Alternative Energy Program (ASTAE) and the Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA). The SWERA Link includes solar maps as well as the wind maps, GIS data, interactive maps, and country reports.

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Maps Developed by NREL

Afghanistan

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Angola

Armenia

Atlas:

Elliott, D., Schwartz, M., Scott, G., Haymes, S., Heimiller, D., George, R. (July 2003). Wind Energy Resource Atlas of Armenia. NREL/TP-500-33544.

Bhutan

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Central America

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Chile

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China

Atlas:

Elliott, D., Schwartz, M., Scott, G., Haymes, S., Heimiller, D., George, R. (November 2002). Wind Energy Resource Atlas of Southeast China. The zip file contains the PDF plus additional data files referenced in the PDF. NREL/TP-500-32781.

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Cuba

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Dominican Republic

Atlas:

Elliott, D., Schwartz, M., George, R., Haymes, S., Heimiller, D., Scott, G., Kline, J. (October 2001). Wind Energy Atlas of the Dominican Republic. NREL/TP-500-27602.

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Ghana

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Haiti

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Indonesia

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Mexico

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Mongolia

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Pakistan

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Philippines

Atlas:

Elliott, D., Schwartz, M, George, R. Haymes, S., Heimiller, D., Scott, G., McCarthy, E. (February 2001). Wind Energy Resource Atlas of the Philippines. NREL/TP-500-26129.

Russia

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Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Atlas:

Elliott, D., Schwartz, M., Scott, G., Haymes, S., Heimiller, D., George, R. (August 2003). Wind Energy Resource Atlas of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. NREL/TP-500-34518.

United Arab Emirates

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Other Links to Wind Resource Maps

Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA)

The Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) provides information about solar and wind energy resources in thirteen partner countries around the world. Products include data on wind and solar energy potential, plus detailed country energy analyses. SWERA is a UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) project with co-financing from Global Environment Facility (GEF). The goal is to provide solar and wind energy assessments to potential investors and the public to promote more effective use of alternative energy resources.

World Bank Group's Asia Alternative Energy Program (ASTAE)

Asia Alternative Energy Program (ASTAE) maintains the Wind Energy Resource Atlas of South Asia. The atlas covers four countries: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam and was published in 2001. In 2009, the atlas included the pacific island countries: the Fiji Islands, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The purpose of the atlas is to facilitate the development of wind energy both for utility-scale generation and for village power and other off-grid applications.