Solar Geospatial Data Tools

Access our tools to explore solar geospatial data for the contiguous United States and several international regions and countries.

U.S. Data

Developer Network: Solar
This is a list of resources intended to help developers programmatically gain access to NREL's geospatial solar data and models.

Solar Radiation Research Laboratory: Baseline Measurement System
Provides access to live graphical displays, current and historic datasets and more at NREL's Solar Radiation Research Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

Federal Energy Management Program Screening Map
Examines the viability of three solar technologies in the United States at the state and federal levels.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Tracking the Sun
Collaborative effort between government, industry, and the public to compile a comprehensive database of photovoltaic installation data for the United States.

National Solar Radiation Database
Contains high-resolution meteorological and solar irradiance datasets for select global regions.

Solar Supply Curves
View solar supply curve data, which include latitude, longitude, available area, capacity potential, generation potential, generator capacity factor, and distance to interconnect.

Features U.S. photovoltaic performance data contributed to NREL.

Estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic energy systems throughout the world.

Renewable Energy Atlas
View and explore renewable energy resource data.

Renewable Energy Potential Model
Empowers users to calculate renewable energy capacity, generation, and cost based on geospatial intersection with grid infrastructure and land-use characteristics.

Solar for All
Visualizes U.S. rooftop solar technical potential by income, building type, and tenure occupancy in the residential sector.

Tribal Energy Atlas
Explore techno-economic renewable energy potential on tribal lands.

International Data

National Solar Radiation Database: International Data
Features a growing list of meteorological and solar irradiance data sets for countries in different parts of the world.

Renewable Energy Data Explorer
Features solar data sets for the following countries:


If you have any questions about NREL's solar geospatial data tools, please contact us.