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Geospatial Analysis

To perform and support geospatial analysis, NREL analyzes, maintains, and disseminates data sets and maps on renewable energy resources, energy infrastructure, demographics and land ownership, and the earth's physical geography (topography, land use, rivers).

NREL's geographic information system models enable rapid visualization of these data, support informed decisions on renewable energy development across the globe, and provide the foundation for many of NREL's analytical products and tools.

Featured Study

U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis summarizes the achievable energy generation, or technical potential, of specific renewable energy technologies given system performance, topographic limitations, and environmental and land-use constraints.

  • Assessment of technical potential establishes an upper-boundary estimate of development potential.
  • There are multiple types of potential—resource, technical, economic, and market—defined by key assumptions underlying the assessment.

Data and Tools

The Dynamic Maps, GIS Data, and Analysis Tools website provides the latest analyses, maps, data visualizations, tools, and publications produced by NREL's geospatial data sciences team.



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