Wind Energy in North Carolina

Find wind data and information in North Carolina, including maps, capacity, ordinances, and more.

Capacity and Generation

Installed Capacity 208 MW Source: American Wind Energy Association Market Report

Potential Capacity 77,642 MW Source: AWS Truepower, NREL

Annual Potential Generation
  • 2015 116,960 GWh
  • 2020 133,529 GWh
  • 2030 152,008 GWh
  • 2050 159,380 GWh
Source: AWS Truepower, NREL Annual Technology Baseline
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration's Open Data API, Electricity Net Generation.

Wind power potentials reflect the amount of wind power that is technologically possible to have installed in a given region. For more information, see the U.S. wind capacity and potential map and the Wind Vision Report.

Maps & Data

Wind Education & Training

Career training and projects at schools in North Carolina.

Training Locations

North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, North Carolina State University

North Carolina Wind Application Center (Appalachian State University)

Central Carolina Community College

Cape Fear Community College

College of the Albermarle

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Wind for Schools Project Locations

J.P. Knapp High School

North Wilkes Middle School

Watauga High School

Alleghany High School

Avery County High School

First Flight Middle School

Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies

College of The Albemarle

Brush Creek Elementary School

Hot Springs Elementary School

Regional Resource Center

Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) help address the unique challenges and opportunities of wind energy in key regions of the United States.

The RRC for North Carolina is Southeast Wind Energy Resource Center.

North Carolina Offices and Organizations

Clean Energy Group

Clean Energy Group is a leading national, nonprofit organization working on innovative policy, technology, and finance programs in the areas of clean energy and climate change. The group's projects concentrate on climate and clean energy issues at the state, national, and international levels and include stakeholders from governments and the private and nonprofit sectors. Clean Energy Group assists states to create and implement innovative practices and public funding programs for clean energy project deployment; creates networks of U.S. and international policy makers to address climate stabilization strategies; and advances effective distributed innovation theories, finance, and commercialization tools for new climate technologies.

North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating, and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies.

North Carolina Wind Energy Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University hosts this website that provides information about wind energy in North Carolina, including resource maps, news, events, and contacts. The University participates in the U.S. Department of Energy Wind for Schools project.

Southeastern Wind Coalition

The mission of the Southeastern Wind Coalition is to advance the wind industry in ways that result in net economic benefits to industry, utilities, ratepayers, and citizens of the Southeast. The coalition focuses on supply chain growth, economic development, job growth, and wind energy development in the region with solutions that are beneficial to industry and utilities and result in net economic benefits to citizens and ratepayers.