Interesting Links 

Last update: Oct. 2017


This page proposes you a list of potentially interested links related to SoDa and to solar radiation in general.

Solar resources

  • NREL: good quality solar radiation data (up to 2016) :

    This database covers North and South America from -21°S to 60°N. To obtain an hourly time series do the following:

    • Start the visualization
    • Deselect SUNY
    • Select "PSM v2.0..1 -> Multi year GHI" to visualize the GHI map
    • Switch to "Download Data -> Point"
    • Click on your point of interest
    • Fill-in the information sheet and "continue"
    • You can use the PSM v3 database which contains information for the year 2016 (not available for PSM v2.0.1), but I did not yet test the differences between the two versions
    • Do not forget to add the GHI in the attributes to have it in the time series
    • Remove eventually the "convert UTC to Local Time"

You will then receive the file by e-mail. It is also possible to download TMY3 files directly usable in SAM (or PVSYST)

Meteorological variables

  • ERA5: 31 km of spatial resolution, hourly data from 1979 onwards. Will be completed back to the 1950s and will be available in near real time in 2019. First release is 2010-2016 dataset, completed in Q3 2018 for the full release.

PV yield analysis tools

ECEM Demonstrator - a highly valuable tool to investigate the impact of climate change on energy supply and demand:

ECEM Demonstrator: the beta version of the ECEM Demonstrator is now available! It supports the energy industry and policy makers to assess how well energy supply will meet demand in Europe over different time horizons, focusing on the role climate has on energy supply and demand.

It gives users the capability to explore high-quality climate and energy data sets and to easily:
(i) produce maps and time series plots of these climate and energy variables,
(ii) modify the appearance of these maps and plots, and
(iii) download the underlying data and/or the maps and plots.