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NSRDB Data Downloads

Freely available downloads of The National Solar Radiation Database.

The National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) is a serially complete collection of meteorological and solar irradiance data sets for the United States and a growing list of international locations. The data are publicly available at no cost to the user. These API provide access to downloading the data. Other options are detailed here

Data Download Guide

Tips and tricks for getting the most out of the API

Meteorological Statistical Model 1 (MTS1) (/api/solar/nsrdb_6190_download)

Collect and download, as CSV, a configurable set of solar and meteoroligical data fields from The NSRDB. This API is capabale of creating very large downloadable archives. Unlike a typical API, the response to this provides a request acknowledgement. The real work of creating the requested downloadable archive will continue to run on the server side. When complete, and email will be sent to the email address provided in the initial request with either a link to a file to download, or in the case of a very, very large archive, a link to more detailed instructions for using Globus to complete the download. In addition to this two step workflow, there is also an option for users who wish to download a single CSV file in direct response to an API request. The .csv format may be used to download a CSV directly. This feature is restricted to use with only a single POINT, for a single YEAR at a time.
Read more about the datasets at https://nsrdb.nrel.gov

Meteorological Statistical Model 2 (MTS2) (/api/solar/nsrdb_9105_download)

Collect and download, as CSV, a configurable set of solar and meteoroligical data fields from The NSRDB. This API is capabale of creating very large downloadable archives. Unlike a typical API, the response to this provides a request acknowledgement. The real work of creating the requested downloadable archive will continue to run on the server side. When complete, and email will be sent to the email address provided in the initial request with either a link to a file to download, or in the case of a very, very large archive, a link to more detailed instructions for using Globus to complete the download. In addition to this two step workflow, there is also an option for users who wish to download a single CSV file in direct response to an API request. The .csv format may be used to download a CSV directly. This feature is restricted to use with only a single POINT, for a single YEAR at a time.
Read more about the datasets at https://nsrdb.nrel.gov

NSRDB Data Query (/api/solar/nsrdb_data_query)

Returns information on the closest NSRDB datasets for a location including a set of links that can be used to download the data. For information about the NSRDB and the datasets represented by this service please visit https://nsrdb.nrel.gov.

Physical Solar Model (PSM) (/api/solar/nsrdb_0512_download)

Collect and download, as CSV, a configurable set of solar and meteoroligical data fields from The NSRDB. This API is capabale of creating very large downloadable archives. Unlike a typical API, the response to this provides a request acknowledgement. The real work of creating the requested downloadable archive will continue to run on the server side. When complete, and email will be sent to the email address provided in the initial request with either a link to a file to download, or in the case of a very, very large archive, a link to more detailed instructions for using Globus to complete the download. In addition to this two step workflow, there is also an option for users who wish to download a single CSV file in direct response to an API request. The .csv format may be used to download a CSV directly. This feature is restricted to use with only a single POINT, for a single YEAR at a time.
Read more about the datasets at https://nsrdb.nrel.gov

SUNY International Data (/api/solar/suny_india_download)

Collect and download, as CSV, a configurable set of solar and meteoroligical data fields from The NSRDB. This API is capabale of creating very large downloadable archives. Unlike a typical API, the response to this provides a request acknowledgement. The real work of creating the requested downloadable archive will continue to run on the server side. When complete, and email will be sent to the email address provided in the initial request with either a link to a file to download, or in the case of a very, very large archive, a link to more detailed instructions for using Globus to complete the download. In addition to this two step workflow, there is also an option for users who wish to download a single CSV file in direct response to an API request. The .csv format may be used to download a CSV directly. This feature is restricted to use with only a single POINT, for a single YEAR at a time.
Read more about the datasets at https://nsrdb.nrel.gov

Site Count (/api/solar/nsrdb/site_count)

Determine the number of sites containing data for a given point, polygon, or multipoint as specified by a WKT. This is useful for calculating download request size. Details at the download guide.

Spectral TMY (/api/solar/nsrdb_download)

Collect and download, as CSV, a configurable set of solar and meteoroligical data fields from The NSRDB. This API is capabale of creating very large downloadable archives. Unlike a typical API, the response to this provides a request acknowledgement. The real work of creating the requested downloadable archive will continue to run on the server side. When complete, and email will be sent to the email address provided in the initial request with either a link to a file to download, or in the case of a very, very large archive, a link to more detailed instructions for using Globus to complete the download. In addition to this two step workflow, there is also an option for users who wish to download a single CSV file in direct response to an API request. The .csv format may be used to download a CSV directly. This feature is restricted to use with only a single POINT, for a single YEAR at a time.
Read more about the datasets at https://nsrdb.nrel.gov

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