U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report presents the state-level results of a spatial analysis effort calculating energy technical potential, reported in square kilometers of available land, megawatts of capacity, and gigawatt-hours of generation, for six different renewable technologies. For this analysis, the system specific power density (or equivalent), efficiency (capacity factor), and land-use constraints wereidentified for each technology using independent research, published research, and professional contacts. This report also presents technical potential findings from previous reports.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages40
StatePublished - 2012

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-51946


  • biopower
  • concentrating solar power (CSP)
  • CSP
  • development potential
  • energy technical potential
  • geothermal power
  • hydropower
  • hydrothermal power
  • photovoltaics (PV)
  • PV
  • renewable energy resources
  • solar power
  • spatial analysis
  • United States
  • wind power


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