GIS Tools


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), U.S. Department of Energy

Data Visualization & Geospatial Tools
NREL’s Geospatial Data Science Team has developed tools that allow users to help determine things such as how much electricity can be produced from solar systems on a house or what renewable resources are available in a specific areas. Resources available through this site include Wind Prospector, Interactive Mapping Tools, Renewable Energy Atlas, Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment Model and many others.

WINDExchange provides wind maps and validation to help homeowners, communities, states and regions consider and plan for wind energy deployment. Read about the available wind maps for utility-, community-, and residential-scale wind development.

U.S. Geological Survey Wind Energy Resources Program (USGS.gov, 2014)

  • WindFarm – Wind Turbine Interactive Web Map, a product from the USGS Energy Resources Program, lets users visualize, inspect, interact, and download our most current wind turbine dataset through a simple web browser. The dataset represents industrial-scale onshore wind turbine locations in the United States through July 2013.
  • Downloadable Wind Energy Data
    USGS Data Series DS-817, provides the greatest flexibility for analysis using a geographic information system (GIS) and is the recommended download for GIS users. Additional file formats and associated metadata files can be downloaded below:
  • Mapping the Nation’s Wind Turbines The USGS created this publicly available national dataset and interactive mapping application of wind turbines. This dataset is built with publicly available data, as well as searching for and identifying individual wind turbines using satellite imagery. The locations of all wind turbines, including the publicly available datasets, were visually verified with high-resolution remote imagery to within plus or minus 10 meters.
  • Onshore Industrial Wind Turbine Locations for the United States through July 2013 including data set download

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA’s RE-Powering Mapper, a series of Google Earth KMZ files, makes it possible to view EPA’s information about renewable energy potential on contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites, alongside other information contained in Google Earth.

The RE-Powering America Electronic Decision Tree tool guides interested parties through a process to screen sites for their suitability for solar photovoltaics or wind installations.

Click here to watch the webinar recording and view presentation slides from October 15, 2015 hosted by the Midwest Wind Energy Center.