The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s fantastic customisable map, demonstrating every conceivable form of green energy you can think of, really sets the bar high for future mapping of this kind.
Head on over to the link above and you’ll find yourself presented by a US-wide map with a multitude of drop-down settings to choose from, ranging from solar (PV & concentrated) to biomass, with a ton of information buried further in the tool. Each selection layers the map with the chosen resource/s with a neat coloured scale, gradated in an easy way to understand.
It’s the ease of use that really shines with this beast, as in a matter of minutes you can select wind or solar, see the data sources in detail, before bringing up a beautiful list of features, such as estimated solar radiation figures or wind class, all of which can be done at a localised scale; there is even a ‘find location’ button to type in a specific address.
With such user-friendly tools like this available to both the public and professionals, it is maddeningly easy to see that the world has plenty of renewable power for us greedy humans, and hopefully more global maps will follow suit soon.
For the moment, check it out and enjoy, it’s well worth it.