Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications: Second Edition
December 2017 - PDF 9.3MB
Editor: Manajit Sengupta, Aron Habte, Christian Gueymard, Stefan Wilbert, and Dave Renné
Document Number: NREL/TP-5D00-68886
Designing, financing, and operating successful solar heating, concentrating solar power, and photovoltaic systems requires reliable information about the solar resource available and its variability over time. In the past, seasonal and daily variability has been studied and understood; however, with new solar technologies becoming more important in energy supply grids, small time-scale effects are critical to successful deployment of these important low carbon technologies. A vital part of the bankability of solar projects is to understand the variability of the solar resource so that supply and storage technologies can be optimized.