Georgia has both mountain and coastal land-based wind potential. According to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Georgia has approximately 200 square miles (517 km2) of area that may be of interest to onshore wind energy developers. This amount of area is enough for approximately 2,500 megawatts (MW) of wind energy capacity (see footnote below).

Footnote: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory uses a standard 5 megawatt per square kilometer carrying capacity for estimating wind energy potential. The land-based NREL wind energy study identified a maximum of 517.4 square kilometers of windy area in Georgia at the 100 meter hub height.

Photo courtesy of NREL.