The Enhancing Capacity for LEDS (EC-LEDS) Bangladesh Wind Resource Mapping Project is helping to reduce the development and investment risk by providing high-quality comprehensive wind resource data products needed to encourage public and private sector wind energy development and increase investor confidence in the viability of wind energy projects. The validated high-resolution wind maps and associated data products will provide the tools for wind developers looking to find opportunities, reduce wind prospecting timelines, and demonstrate to government officials the wind potential which might aid in future energy policy decisions. Specifically, the data products allow potential developers to conduct detailed pre-feasibility studies, focused on evaluating how the wind resource in a particular region matches up with the local utilities seasonal demand, generating credible estimates of wind production, and predicting the overall potential of a site. Positive results from these studies can be used to justify further investments in project-specific on-the-ground resource wind assessments, expediting the development process and stimulating the wind market.
Over the long-term, the improved wind data products reduce development risk, increase public and private stakeholder confidence in wind energy projects, and expand potential opportunities for wind power, by providing the data needed to evaluate wind projects and incorporate wind resources into a national energy strategy.