Solar Resource Related Links
Solar resource and climate information is available from the following sources.
Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program
Collects a wealth of climate-related data for sites throughout the world.
Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN)
Measures solar and atmospheric radiation at stations in contrasting climatic zones, covering a latitude range from 80°N to 90°S, to detect climate change.
EnergyPlus Weather Data
Offers weather data, arranged by World Meteorological Organization region and country, for more than 1,300 locations throughout the world.
NASA Langley Distributed Active Archive (DAAC) Surface Meteorology and Solar Energy Data Set
Provides data for more than 200 satellite-derived meteorology and solar energy parameters.
National Climatic Data Center
Offers the world's largest active archive of weather data.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory
Develops a number of datasets, experimental forecasts, and climate observations.
NOAA Regional Climate Centers
Provides detailed climate data for regions throughout the United States.
NOAA Surface Radiation Research Branch
Monitors surface radiation in the continental United States.
Texas Solar Radiation Database
Provides solar radiation data for sites throughout Texas.
University of Oregon Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory
Operates solar radiation monitoring stations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The World Meteorological Organization
The United Nations' agency for the study of the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, and climate.
World Radiation Data Centre
Serves as a central depository for solar radiation data collected at more than 1,000 sites throughout the world.