Identifies renewable energy resources by using GIS maps

The Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) is an online Geographic Information System (GIS) tool for viewing renewable resource data. It encompasses a range of solar and wind datasets and maps. It relies on satellite and terrestrial measurements, numerical models, and empirical and analytical mapping methods. Results are integrated into a computer-based geo-referenced information system containing relevant infrastructure data, such as roads and transmission lines, and can be easily imported into common GIS software packages. Through this interactive system, users can view several renewable resource data sets available through SWERA.


No training needed
No cost
Using the tool: No cost
Time needed:
0-2 weeks if datasets are available

Accessing the tool

Online: Online
Sadie Cox: Sadie.Cox@nrel.gov or Jon Weers: Jon.Weers@nrel.gov
+ 1 605 594 6848

FGDC and International Projects - Software Engineering Project Lead
Technical Support to UNEP/GRID
Contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
47914 252nd Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57198

Assessment of mitigation / resource potential

Assess broad mitigation options such as CO2 emissions reduction and renewable energy resource potentials such as wind energy.

Area of focus
Adaptation 0, Mitigation 3, Development 1

Published by:

US National Renewable Energy Laboratory


For global use