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 http://www.nrel.gov/wind/integrationdatasets/, while the solar models use the wind speed from the TMY2, TMY3, or EPW file that you choose on the Climate page.

Best regards,
Paul.

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