Solar Resource Maps for North-West India (SEC-NREL)

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NREL Solar Resource Maps and Toolkit for Northwest India

The products contained in this CD-ROM were developed by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in cooperation with India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, through funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of State.

This CD contains high-resolution solar resource maps and data products for northwestern India. The high-resolution (10-km) solar resource data were developed using weather satellite data incorporated into a site-time specific solar mapping approach developed at the U.S. State University of New York at Albany. The data were output as data in Geographic Information System (GIS) format, as static maps, and incorporated into a Geospatial Toolkit (GsT).

The GsT allows the user to examine the resource data in a geospatial context along with other key information relevant to renewable energy development, such as transportation networks, transmission corridors, existing power facilities, load centers, terrain conditions, and land use. GsT users can incorporate location-specific data directly into NREL's Micropower Optimization Model, HOMER, to design least-cost hybrid renewable power systems to meet electric-load requirements at the village level.

Please contact Shannon Cowlin at shannon[dot]cowlin[at]nrel[dot]gov for any additional information.

You also can visit our NREL Geospatial Toolkits Web site for more information.


This CD-ROM was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States government. Neither the United States government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States government or any agency thereof.

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NREL/CD-6A2-45018 ● Revised September 2009