SAM Weather File Format Descriptions

For descriptions of SAM's weather file formats, see the "Weather File Formats" topic in the software's Help system. The following excerpt is a copy of that topic from SAM 2020.2.29 r1:

  • SAM weather file format descriptons from Help (PDF 1 MB)

Publications Related to Weather Data

Dobos, A.; Gilman, P.; Kasberg, M. (2012). "P50/P90 Analysis for Solar Energy Systems Using the System Advisor Model." NREL Conference Paper Preprint No. CP-6A20-54488. (PDF 432 KB)

Habte, A.; Lopez, A.; Sengupta, M.; Wilcox, S. (2014). "Temporal and Spatial Comparison of Gridded TMY, TDY, and TGY Data Sets." NREL Report No. TP-5D00-60866. (PDF 17.4 MB)

National Solar Radiation Database. (1992). " National Solar Radiation Data Base User's Manual (1961-1990)." [TMY2 format description.]

Sengupta, M.; Habte, A.; Gueymard, C.; Wilbert, S.; Renne, D.; Stoffel, T. (2017). "Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications: Second Edition." NREL Report No. TP-5D00-68886. (PDF 8.1 MB)

Sengupta, M.; Habte, A.; Kurtz, S.; Dobos, A.; Wilbert, S.; Lorenz, E.; Stoffel, T.; Renne, D.; Myers, D.; Wilcox, S.; Blanc, P.; Perez, R. (2015). "Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications." NREL Report No. TP-5D00-63112. (PDF 8.9 MB)

Wilcox, S.; Marion, W. (2008). "Users Manual for TMY3 Data Sets (Revised)." 58 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-581-43156. (PDF 1.7 MB)