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Solar Resource Publications

The following publications provide useful information about solar resource tools and data. Some of the following documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. Download Adobe Reader.

Calibration of a Solar Absolute Cavity Radiometer with Traceability to the World Radiometric Reference (PDF 8.6 MB)
Explains a method to establish traceability of absolute cavity radiometers.

Quality Assessment with QC_TND
Provides a quality-control method for global or total, direct, and diffuse solar radiation data.

Quality Assessment with SERI_QC
Provides a quality-control method for global horizontal, diffuse horizontal, and direct normal solar radiation data.

A Quasi-Physical Model for Converting Hourly Global Horizontal to Direct Normal Insolation (PDF 13.4 MB)
Describes a physically based model for converting global horizontal insolation data to direct normal insolation data.

Shining On
Provides a primer on solar radiation and solar radiation data.

Simple Solar Spectral Model for Direct and Diffuse Irradiance on Horizontal and Tilted Planes at the Earth's Surface for Cloudless Atmospheres
Describes a simple model for direct and diffuse spectral irradiance on horizontal and tilted surfaces at the earth's surface for clear days.

Simplified Clear Sky Model for Direct and Diffuse Insolation on Horizontal Surfaces (PDF 7.3 MB)
Compares several broadband insolation models and presents a simple clear sky model for direct and diffuse insolation.

Solar Radiation Data Manual for Buildings
Provides solar radiation and illuminance values for a horizontal window and four vertical windows (facing north, east, south, and west) for 239 stations in the United States and its territories.

Solar Radiation Data Manual for Flat-Plate and Concentrating Collectors

Provides solar radiation values for common flat-plate and concentrating collectors for 239 stations in the United States and its territories.

2008 Solar Resource Assessment Workshop

Presentations from the October 29-30 workshop in Denver on the current state-of-the-art in resource modeling to Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) developers and other stakeholders.

Standard Broadband Format Manual

Describes a tape archival format appropriate for use with research-level solar radiation data.

User's Manual for TMY2s

Describes typical meteorological year (TMY) data sets derived from the 1961–1990 National Solar Radiation Data Base.

WEST Associates Online Manual

Provides solar data for 52 stations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming for 1976–1980.