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I have been familiarising myself with QGIS and the free information Ordnance Survey provide. Though I'm struggling to find further data specific to my needs.

I want to produce a map plotting renewable energy in the UK (or at least operating wind turbines) against locations of operating data centres, preferably on a background of wind speeds.

Are there places where I access this data?

By so far I have seen only these sources:

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When you import a shapefile (or zipped shapefile) into QGis is just displays the data using a random color. So you need to style it and select a attribute to colour it in by and how you'd like the values mapped to colours.

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The trick with the wind speed data is to read the documentation (boring though that is) - so looking in the included "Wind_attributes.txt" file gives us:

Timescales

An = Annual SP = Spring SU = Summer AU = Autumn WI = Winter

JA = January FB = February MR = March AP = April MY = May JN = June JL = July AG = August SE = September OC = October NV = November DC = December

Heights

80 = 80 metres above sea surface 100 = 100 metres above sea surface

Parameters

WS = Mean Wind Speed recorded in metres per second (m/s)

PD = Mean Wind Power Density calculated per square metre of rotor swept area

If I choose to use a Graduated style I will get a choice of columns to map. Based on the above list it looks like if I pick an_ws_80m I will be mapping Annual Wind Speed at 80m above sea level.

Pressing the classify button will apply the settings to the map. I find that the map looks better with Jenks Natural Breaks rather than Equal Intervals but your mileage may vary. I have also increased the number of classes.

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Finally to make it look a little nicer I removed the black lines by setting the Stroke style to No Pen.

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  • That's great thank you! Also, i was wondering is it possible to both graduate AND categorize information when bringing in a .csv? – Wiredchild Jan 11 at 16:53

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