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DIVISION OF ENERGY

Virginia Wind Resource Maps


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provides wind resource maps and validation to help states and regions build capacity to support wind energy deployment. Virginia wind resource maps are available for utility, community, and residential-scale wind development.


Utility-Scale Wind Resource Maps

States, utilities, and wind energy developers use utility-scale wind resource maps to locate and quantify the wind resource, identifying potentially windy sites within a fairly large region and determining a potential site's economic and technical viability.

Go to the 80-meter land-based wind resource maps.80-Meter Land-Based
These 80-meter height, high-resolution wind maps can be used as a guide to identify locations for commercial wind development. Estimates of the wind resource potential that would be possible from development of the available windy land areas (after excluding areas unlikely to be developed) are provided in tables and charts.

 

Go to the 90-meter offshore wind resource maps.Offshore
These 90-meter height, high-resolution wind maps can be used as a guide to identify offshore locations for commercial wind development. Estimates of the total offshore wind potential that would be possible from development of the available windy offshore areas are provided in tables.


 

Community-Scale Wind Resource Maps

Counties, towns, utilities, and schools use community-scale wind resource maps to locate and quantify the wind resource, identifying potentially windy sites to determine the site's economic and technical viability.

Go to the 50-meter wind resource maps.50-Meter
These 50-meter height, high-resolution wind maps can be used as a guide to identify locations for community wind development.


 

Residential-Scale Wind Resource Maps

Businesses, farms, and homeowners use residential-scale wind resource maps to identify wind sites that may be appropriate for small-scale wind projects.

Go to the 30-meter wind resource maps.30-Meter
These 30-meter height, high-resolution wind maps can be used as a guide to identify locations for small wind development.

 

For information on determining the wind resources at your specific site, please contact the staff at the Virginia Center for Wind Energy to learn about the Virginia Anemometer Loan Program.