Wind Speed Data in Wind and Solar Models

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Paul Gilman
Wind Speed Data in Wind and Solar Models

SAM's solar and utility-scale wind models use different data for wind speed. If you compare wind speed data reported in the results for a solar case and a utility-scale wind case, you should expect see different wind speeds.
The utility-scale wind model downloads wind speed data for the location you specify on the Wind Resource page from NREL's Western Wind Data set, while the solar models use the wind speed from the TMY2, TMY3, or EPW file that you choose on the Climate page.

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