An Initial Evaluation of Siting Considerations on Current and Future Wind Deployment

Suzanne Tegen, Donna Heimiller, Eric Lantz, Trieu Mai, Eduardo Ibanez

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report provides a deeper understanding of the wind project development process, from desktop studies to a successful project in the ground. It examines three siting consideration categories that wind project sponsors must include in the development process: wildlife (species that live in, near, or migrate through the area where wind development is possible), radar (wind turbines can cause interference with radar signals), and public engagement (representing communities and stakeholders who live near wind power projects). The research shows that although this country's abundant wind resource provides numerous options for addressing siting considerations, actually siting individual projects is becoming more difficult because of regulatory and other uncertainties. Model results are based on the premise that developers will be able to site, permit, and build successful projects, which is not always the case in reality.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages55
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-61750


  • deployment barriers
  • wind energy
  • wind project siting


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