Skip navigation

Pennsylvania Wind Maps

Explore Pennsylvania's wind energy resource with our county wind maps. Assess your site. Learn about small wind turbines and utility scale wind turbines. Find FAQ's to your questions. Discover our wind energy assessment program and see a successful project.

  • Wind Energy in Pennsylvania

    PA Wind Map 100 meter small No matter where you go, the wind blows, but in some places it can be predicted to occur at a higher frequency than others, on average. In Pennsylvania, these favorable areas include the shoreline of Lake Erie as well as the numerous ridge tops of the Commonwealth. The strongest resource is generally found high off of the ground and away from turbulence producing obstacles, like trees and buildings. 
    Where are Pennsylvania's Wind Farms? 

  • Assess Your Wind Energy Resource

    Understanding your wind energy resource is critical to developing a successful project. Wind speeds vary throughout the day and throughout the year, so the maps provide a summary that can help you to characterize the resource at your site.

    It is typically recommended that a small wind turbine be placed in a 10 mph (4.5 m/s) or greater annual average wind speed. Utility scale wind turbines are typically placed in wind speeds of at least 14.5 mph (6.5 m/s). Wind projects in areas with low wind speeds are generally not profitable. This does not mean they are impossible, but it does mean your motivation must be more than financial for the project to be worthwhile.  

    • If you find that your site has a feasible resource, see our FAQs below for further considerations.
    • If you find that wind is not suitable at your location, do not fret, consider some alternatives

    • PA Wind Explorer

      Analyze wind characteristics across PA with our interactive explorer.  Easily find average annual wind speeds and other statistics!

      • Data at 30 m is available for free with a free account 
        (a typical height of a small wind turbine)
      • Data from 10 to 100 meters available with subscription

      Made Possible through the support of The Reinvestment Fund's Sustainable Development Fund

      Start Exploring Now!

  • Pennsylvania State & County Wind Maps

    Identify the expected annual average wind speed at a given height and location with our county and state wind maps.  Review the map key then select a tab. Click an 'X' to view the map image.

    • Map Key
    • State Maps
    • Adams - Centre
    • Chester - Fulton
    • Greene - Mercer
    • Mifflin - Susquehanna
    • Tioga - York
    Map Key

    Map Key

    When siting a wind turbine, finding a strong resource to place it in is one of the key factors to a financially successful project.  Using the table below, you can determine what speeds would be ideal for a project at a given hub height (where the blades connect to the turbine). 

     No Color
    <10 mph 
    Tan 
    (10.1-12.3 mph)
    Orange
    (12.3-14.5 mph)
    Blue 
    (14.5+ mph)
     30 mNR FeasibleFeasibleFeasible
     50 m NRNRFeasible Feasible
     100 mNRNRNRFeasible

     NR = Not Recommended

    For example: If you were looking to install a small wind turbine, you would reference the 30 m map for your location. A project placed in an area that is orange colored (12.3-14.5 mph expected wind speed) would be predicted to perform better than a turbine placed in a location that is not colored (less than 10 mph).

    Note: All wind mapping is an approximated value calculated through complex formulas and correlations. Every site is unique. If you find your site to have a reasonable resource, we highly recommend having an installer make an on-site visit before you start a project to ensure there are no major issues. See our tips below for additional suggestions. 

    State Maps

    Statewide Maps

    Explore the Commonwealth's wind resource  with these statewide maps (.pdf) to learn where the resource is the strongest and how it changes with altitude.

    30 m 50 m 100 m 
    Pennsylvania Wind Map 30 m thumbnailPennsylvania Wind Map 50 m thumbnailPennsylvania Wind Map 100 m thumbnail

     

    Adams - Centre

    Adams - Centre

     County  30m  50m  100m 
     AdamsXXX
     AlleghenyXXX
     ArmstrongXXX
     BeaverXXX
     BedfordXXX
     BerksXXX
     BlairXXX
     BradfordXXX
     BucksXXX
     ButlerXXX
     CambriaXXX
     CameronXXX
     CarbonXXX
     Centre - EastXXX
    Centre - WestXXX

    Note: All wind mapping is an approximated value calculated through complex formulas and correlations. Every site is unique. If you find your site to have a reasonable resource, we highly recommend having an installer make an on-site visit before you  start a project to ensure there are no major issues. See our tips below for additional suggestions. 

    Chester - Fulton

    Chester - Fulton

     County  30m  50m  100m 
     ChesterXXX
     ClarionXXX
     ClearfieldXXX
     ClintonXXX
     ColumbiaXXX
     CrawfordXXX
     CumberlandXXX
     DauphinXXX
     DelawareXXX
     ElkXXX
     ErieXXX
     FayetteXXX
     ForestXXX
     FranklinXXX
    FultonXXX

    Note: All wind mapping is an approximated value calculated through complex formulas and correlations. Every site is unique. If you find your site to have a reasonable resource, we highly recommend having an installer make an on-site visit before you  start a project to ensure there are no major issues. See our tips below for additional suggestions. 

    Greene - Mercer

    Greene - Mercer

     County  30m  50m  100m 
     GreeneXXX
     HuntingdonXXX
     IndianaXXX
      JeffersonXXX
     JuniataXXX
     LackawannaXXX
     LancasterXXX
     LawrenceXXX
     LebanonXXX
     LehighXXX
     LuzerneXXX
     Lycoming EastXXX
     Lycoming WestXXX
     McKeanXXX
    MercerXXX

    Note: All wind mapping is an approximated value calculated through complex formulas and correlations. Every site is unique. If you find your site to have a reasonable resource, we highly recommend having an installer make an on-site visit before you  start a project to ensure there are no major issues. See our tips below for additional suggestions. 

    Mifflin - Susquehanna

    Mifflin - Susquehanna

     County  30m  50m  100m 
     MifflinXXX
     MonroeXXX
     MontgomeryXXX
      MontourXXX
     NorthamptonXXX
     NorthumberlandXXX
     PerryXXX
     PhiladelphiaXXX
     PikeXXX
     PotterXXX
     SchuylkillXXX
     SnyderXXX
     SomersetXXX
     SullivanXXX
    SusquehannaXXX

    Note: All wind mapping is an approximated value calculated through complex formulas and correlations. Every site is unique. If you find your site to have a reasonable resource, we highly recommend having an installer make an on-site visit before you  start a project to ensure there are no major issues. See our tips below for additional suggestions. 

    Tioga - York

    Tioga - York

     County  30m  50m  100m 
     TiogaXXX
     UnionXXX
     VenangoXXX
      WarrenXXX
     WashingtonXXX
     WayneXXX
     Westmoreland EastXXX
     Westmoreland WestXXX
     WyomingXXX
     YorkXXX
        
        
        
        
        

    Note: All wind mapping is an approximated value calculated through complex formulas and correlations. Every site is unique. If you find your site to have a reasonable resource, we highly recommend having an installer make an on-site visit before you  start a project to ensure there are no major issues. See our tips below for additional suggestions. 

  • Disclaimer

    Use of the Saint Francis University Renewable Energy Center/Institute for Energy's materials (including wind maps, data, and other content) is solely at the risk of the user. The Saint Francis University Renewable Energy Center/Institute for Energy and its funders may not be held liable for any loss, damage or other consequence resulting from the use of the maps and/or data contained on this website, our wind explorer, or through other interactions with the REC/IFE.  Remember to take proper safety precautions when pursing any project.