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NREL Solar API

The service provides data collected about potential and actual solar energy collection along with analytical services for evaluating solar resources. Mapping functions generate averages, both monthly and annually, for solar resources at a specified location. The toolset includes a mapping tool and performance data for photovoltaic (PV) arrays to support planning in light of the expected efficiency of solar electricity installations. Another tool calculates potential energy production and cost savings from PV arrays connected to conventional electrical energy grids. Its estimates describe hypothetical benefits of PV installations for individual residences and small businesses.

API methods support calculation of an estimate for solar electricity generation, measured as watt-hours per square meter per day, for a location specified as latitude and longitude. Methods also give estimates of efficiency for PV panels at a specified site. Another tool evaluates productivity and cost savings of PV panels feeding power in excess of local needs back to a regional electrical power grid.

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NREL Solar: Highlights

Summary
Solar energy information service
Category
Science
Tags
Protocols
REST
Data Formats
JSON
API home
http://developer.nrel.gov/docs/solar/ 

NREL Solar: Specifications

Functionality

Client Install Required
No  
Service Endpoint
http://developer.nrel.gov/api/georeserv/servi ...

Signup and Licensing

Signup Requirements
Yes, obtain API key  
Developer Key Required
Yes  
Account Required
No  
Commercial Licensing
 
Provider
www.nrel.gov/  
Non-Commercial Lic.
 
Data Licensing
 
Usage Fees
Free  
Program Fees
 
Certification Program
 
Usage Limits
 
Terms of Service
 

Security

Authentication Model
API Key 
SSL Support
No 
Read-only Without Login
No 

Support

Vendor API Kits
 
Community API Kits
 
API Blog
 
Site Blog
 
API Forum
 
Developer Support
 
Console URL
 

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