NREL Updates US Solar Radiation Database

[Golden, CO] The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has collaborated with Clean Power Research and the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) to update the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB). The solar radiation data used by many PV installers and designers has been posted to the NREL and NCDC websites and is available free of charge in multiple formats. The NSRDB update includes data collected for 1,454 locations in the US and its territories from 1991 to 2010. The database underlies industry tools and data such as NREL’s typical meteorological year sets, and the PVWatts, Solar Power Projector and System Advisor Model (SAM) modeling tools.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory / 303.384.7785 / nrel.gov/rredc

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