NREL National Solar Radiation Database

earth observation energy geospatial meteorological solar sustainability

Description

Released to the public as part of the Department of Energy's Open Energy Data Initiative, the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) is a serially complete collection of hourly and half-hourly values of the three most common measurements of solar radiation – global horizontal, direct normal, and diffuse horizontal irradiance — and meteorological data. These data have been collected at a sufficient number of locations and temporal and spatial scales to accurately represent regional solar radiation climates.

Update Frequency

Annually

License

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License

Documentation

https://nsrdb.nrel.gov/

Managed By

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Contact

nsrdb@nrel.gov

How to Cite

NREL National Solar Radiation Database was accessed on DATE from https://registry.opendata.aws/nrel-pds-nsrdb.

Usage Examples

Tools & Applications
  • NSRDB Viewer by Manajit Sengupta, Yu Xe, Anthony Lopez, Aron Habte, Galen Maclaurin, James Shelby, Paul Edwards
  • HSDS Examples by Caleb Phillips, Caroline Draxl, John Readey, Jordan Perr-Sauer, Michael Rossol
Publications

Resources on AWS

  • Description
    NREL Solar Radiation Datasets
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    NSRDB v3 4km x 30min data (1998-2018) in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/v3/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/v3/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    NSRDB v3 typical meteorological years (TMY) in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/v3/tmy/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/v3/tmy/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    NSRDB v3 typical direct years (TDY) in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/v3/tdy/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/v3/tdy/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    NSRDB v3 typical global years (TGY) in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/v3/tgy/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
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    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/v3/tgy/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    NSRDB synthetically downscaled 2km x 5min for Puerto Rico (1998-2017) in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/v3/puerto_rico/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
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    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/v3/puerto_rico/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    NSRDB 2km-5min data for the Contiguous United States (CONUS) starting with 2018 in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/conus/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/conus/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    NSRDB 2km-10min data for the all of the Western Hemisphere (GOES full-disc) starting with 2018 in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/full_disc/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/full_disc/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    NSRDB 4km-15min data from the Meteosat satellites starting in 2017 in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/meteosat/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/meteosat/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    NSRDB 4km-10min data from the Himawari satellites starting in 2015 in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/himawari/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/himawari/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    NSRDB Suny-India data (2000-2014) in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/india/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/india/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    Meteorological Statistical Model 1 (MTS1) data (1961-1990) in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/mts1
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/mts1/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    Meteorological Statistical Model 2 (MTS2) data (1991-2005) in HDF5 format
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-nsrdb/mts2
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-nsrdb/mts2/ --no-sign-request
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  • Description
    HSDS NSRDB domains
    Resource type
    S3 Bucket
    Amazon Resource Name (ARN)
    arn:aws:s3:::nrel-pds-hsds/nrel/nsrdb/
    AWS Region
    us-west-2
    AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required)
    aws s3 ls s3://nrel-pds-hsds/nrel/nsrdb/ --no-sign-request
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