Wind

Urban and offshore wind in San Francisco
Overview
Wind energy is an excellent and abundant renewable resource. The same winds that rustles leaves and turn umbrellas inside out can be harnessed to spin turbines and produce electricity. Learn about the wind resources in and around San Francisco, how wind turbines work, and what role wind energy can play in helping San Francisco achieve its renewable energy goals.

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The City has begun exploring whether “urban wind” might play a role in its renewable energy future. While much remains unknown about the use of small wind turbines in urban environments, urban wind has the potential to offer several benefits.

 
The best wind resource in San Francisco lies offshore, over the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, the areas with the highest and steadiest winds tend to be several miles offshore, where the water is too deep for conventional turbine foundation designs. Floating platforms may be the future for offshore wind energy development along the deep California coast. Read>

Additional Information for Wind

Stanford Study - SF Offshore Wind Farm Analysis
San Francisco Offshore Wind Farm Analysis, Stanford University
AWEA FAQ for Small Wind System
General Information about Small Wind Systems
SF Energy Map
A map of renewable energy activity around the City, including installed wind systems, case studies, and monitoring stations.
US DOE Small Wind FAQ
These frequently asked questions will help you determine if a small wind energy system is practical for powering your home.
San Francisco Wind Monitoring Stations
The SFPUC operates 25 monitoring stations throughout San Francisco and in outlying areas where the City may develop renewable energy projects. These stations measure wind speed and direction to more fully understand the urban wind potential in San Francisco. Additionally these stations monitor the solar resources for the area as well.