Solar radiation databases

This section provide a list of solar radiation and meteorological databases free or to purchase.

World Radiation Data Centre.
Solar radiation and radiation balance data (the world network). See also Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory. Worldwide solar radiation database.
World Radiation Data Centre

NASA SSE NASA Solar Radiation Archive of over 200 satellite-derived meteorology and solar energy parameters, globally available at a resolution of 1x1 degrees. New! See our tutorial to get monthly and annual worldwide solar and climate data from NASA database.

Worldclimate (USA) gives Worldwide rainfall and temperature database (85000 sites).

Runs a computer model which produces estimates of the daily total of solar radiation from the MTSAT-1R geostationary satellite.
Australia Bureau of Meteorology

The NCEP/NCAR is a Reanalysis Project Atmospheric analyses using historical data and analyses of the current atmospheric state. Coverage: the entire world, with a grid cell of approx. 2 degrees in size. Available also through SoDa portal.

Global solar Atlas provides a summary of solar power potential and solar resources globally. It is provided by the World Bank Group ...

US dynamic solar atlas; on grid cells of ~ 40 km by 40 km provides monthly averages of daily total solar resource available to flat plate photovoltaic modules and concentrators. Only USA.

Canada Natural Resources Canada :

Photovoltaic (PV) potential and insolation web-based maps from interpolated measurements

Canada Natural ressources


Meteonorm gives full set of meteorological data. Developed from ground measurements by interpolation for solar energy and applied meteorology. Partly available through SoDa portal.

High resolution solar radiation database developed from Meteosat MSG data. Available for Europe, North Africa, and Southwest Asia through the SolarGIS web portal.

OpensolarDB is a database with average global daily solar radiation data for each month of the year as measured on the ground. The uniqueness of this solar database is that it is open for everybody, open for extracting data and open for introducing data. Everybody can extract data. This extracting can be done in various ways: by downloading, doing a copy/paste on-line, by connecting to a webservice or by Flex Remote Object services (amf format).
The solar radiation data in OpensolarDB are free and very accessible in many ways.
OpenSolardb website

SoDa HelioClim3 is a web service (Ecole des Mines de Paris) for profesionnals of solar energy. Worldwide solar radiation database.
SoDa HelioClim3

Satellite-based service for high-resolution solar radiation for Europe, Africa and Asia (DLR, Germany)

S@tel-light : from satelite databases 1996-2000, Satel-light generate solar radiation maps in Europe.

The Soweda application presents an alternative method to provide free hourly global solar tilted irradiation data for the whole European territory through a web platform.
The solar irradiation data generated are obtained by combining clear-sky simulations and weather conditions data.
This service offers solar radiation data from up to 5 days before current date, and until one hour before current time.

Data and assessment tools for energy market development in developing countries (UNEP/GEF)
Solar Energy Resource Assessment - PVDAQ

Restscreen is a free software that includes worlwide solar radiation database.

PVGIS provides a large and accurate solar radiation free database for europe, Africa Mediterranean Basin and South-West Asia.