Solar Resource Data 101, February 2014

The Solar Resource Data 101 webinar was presented on February 12, 2014 by Janine Freeman of NREL. It provides an overview of solar resource data and describes the solar resource file formats used by SAM's photovoltaic, concentrating solar power, and solar water heating models, including TMY3, TMY2, and EPW. It explains how typical year weather files are developed, and covers topics such as using P50/P90 analysis to evaluate a long-term solar resource data set.

Presentation slides (PDF 8.6 MB)

The Question and Answer session raised some questions about P50/P90 analysis. The following links are to documents and resources to supplement that discussion:

 

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