SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Advanced Wind Technology: Elevated Opportunities for the South

Credit: NREL

Buffalo Mountain Wind Farm, Tennessee; Credit: NREL

Advanced turbine technology, lower costs and updated wind resource assessments make wind energy economically feasible across the South. However case studies show that publicly available wind resource maps rely on outdated turbines and underestimate the available wind potential. Areas that could be characterized as “low wind speed,” according to the resource assessment maps, may actually be ideal for consideration of wind power development, especially as newer wind turbine technology achieves greater efficiency.

You can access the full report here.

The webinar presentation summarizing the report on October 9, 2014 is available here.

The introduction and five low wind speed case studies are also available for downloading separately: