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3TIER, a Seattle-based assessment and forecasting services provider, has launched its "REmapping the World" initiative by unveiling a global wind map that will be available online at no charge.

"Communities in developing countries finally will have - at little or no cost - the information to help them decide whether renewable energy can power their communities," says Kenneth Westrick, CEO and founder of 3TIER. "These maps will help leaders and developers throughout the world assess their renewable energy potential and make important policy and economic decisions as a result."

The map provides global wind data at an 80-meter (m) height over a 15-kilometer (km) area for a single year. 3TIER says that, as a result of its work on this initiative, the company has determined that more than 40% of the world's landmass has wind speeds of more than 6 m per second.

Over the next 21 months, 3TIER says it will continue to map the world for wind at 5 km, and beginning in 2009, it will begin to release solar resource assessment maps for regions around the world.

For more information, visit 3tiergroup.com.

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