Eight industrial wind turbines over crops on a Kansas farm.
The Spearville Wind Farm, sited in close proximity to existing development, just north of the town of Spearville, Kansas. © Jim Richardson

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Site Wind Right

Accelerating a Clean, Low-Impact Energy Future

Site Wind Right

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View the opportunity

The Nature Conservancy supports the rapid expansion of renewable energy, and America’s ample wind resources offer the opportunity to provide clean, low-impact power for people and wildlife. 

Achieving the wind energy development necessary to meet our climate goals will require quadrupling current wind capacity in the United States by 2050. Much of this new wind development is likely to occur in the Great Plains, home to some of the nation’s most promising wind resources.  The Great Plains also provide our best remaining grassland habitat in North America, and the unique wildlife that is home on this range, such as bison, pronghorn antelope, deer, and prairie chickens.

Average wind speeds in the U.S. are right in the Central Great Plains.
THE U.S. Wind Belt Average wind speeds in the United States are right in the Central Great Plains. © TNC
Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve, The Nature Conservancy in Iowa
BISON Guided by science, wind energy can be deployed in places that safeguard wildlife. © Chris Helzer / TNC

The Site Wind Right Map

To help accelerate the deployment of wind energy in a way that helps people and nature thrive, The Nature Conservancy is providing the award-winning Site Wind Right map now!  This interactive online map uses GIS technology and pulls from more than 100 data sets on wind resources, wildlife habitat, current land use and infrastructure to help inform siting decisions across 17 states in the Central United States (download the data below).

By using Site Wind Right early in the process, developers, utilities, power-purchasers and agencies can help save time and money by highlighting areas with the lowest potential for conflict.

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Site Wind Right – Map Data (75 MB ArcGIS .lpk file). Requires ESRI software.
Site Wind Right – Map Data (71 MB compressed .tif)

Site Wind Right  - Methods (6 MB)
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