Solar radiation data available for Pacific region15 Apr 2013
SolarGIS database has been expanded to Pacific region, and includes complete coverage of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Pacific islands, Australia and New Zealand. Data are available for a period from July 2006 up to yesterday on request. The online availability of data in pvPlanner and iMaps is planned from June 2013. We are working on time extension of the database as well. See the present coverage »
Our Contributions in Global Atlas25 Mar 2013
Global Atlas for Solar & Wind now displays two new global datasets Landcover and Elevation, which were made available by our company. DNI map of Namibia in 1km resolution, supported by us, can also be browsed in this online application.
The Global Atlas initiative, co-ordinated by IRENA, has brought together the leading technical institutions and companies around the world with the focus on evaluation of the renewable energies potential.
What Makes a Solar Resource Estimate Bankable?07 Mar 2013
The general rule is to use solar radiation data that covers continuously a period of at least 10 years. It is important that the data source is proven to be accurate by independent experts.
Read more in our article in Bankability and Debt Financing for Solar Projects in India report, page 30, issued by Bridge to India or download the article only.
Monthly PV Power Maps of USA for the last year28 Feb 2013
Thanks to initiative of Clean Power Research, we’ve been involved in supplying Solar Today Magazine with monthly PV Power Maps of USA for its regular column for more than a year. Recent article explains more about our work and the meaning of the maps. PV Power Maps for the entire previous year are now available online on ASES portal.
New validation studies for Saudi Arabia and India
25 Feb 2013
confirms high accuracy of SolarGIS data
We recently concluded SolarGIS validation study for Saudi Arabia. We made use of ground measurements from 12 stations that were installed as part of a project jointly run by KACST and NREL. Excellent accuracy of SolarGIS data in arid climatic conditions was already established through validation statistics from other arid regions such as the Sahara and Kalahari Deserts. This new study only re-confirms qualities of SolarGIS data.
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Ever since we first made available SolarGIS data for India in August 2011, our data indicated less than desirable DNI resource availability in North-West Rajasthan. Many questions were raised on reliability of satellite-derived estimates. Now, we are happy to announce that we had been right all along. An independent report that compares SolarGIS data with actual high-quality ground measurements, confirms accuracy of SolarGIS data in the region.
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Geographical extension of SolarGIS coverage
20 Jan 2013
on American continet (up to latitude 50 degrees north)
SolarGIS online database has been extended to USA, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, and can be consulted in iMaps, pvPlanner and climData. Data are calculated from GOES East satellite data for a period 1999 up to present in 30-minute to 3-hourly time-step.
See the present coverage in iMaps »
Solar resource mapping in Africa15 Jan 2013
For solar prospection and pre-feasibility studies, information in the form of maps is used. Maps play a significant role in regional inventories and in defining solar energy strategies. For Africa, such maps are available from at least four sources: NASA, NREL/SWERA, PVGIS/HelioClim-1 and SolarGIS. The information value of the maps can be judged by comparing their spatial resolution and the accuracy of the underlying solar radiation data.
Read more in our article in PV magazine 12/2012 »
pvSpot - new generation performance assessment tool for PV power plants10 Oct 2012
SolarGIS pvSpot is a unique online application that can be used to detect underperformance of any PV power plant. It is based on the latest advancements in satellite-based solar modeling and electricity simulation. For more than a year the data and application were tested by hundreds of users. Present data coverage include Europe and South Africa. Other regions of the world will be gradually plugged in to the system.
Try pvSpot now »
Read more in press release »
Geographical extension of SolarGIS coverage
18 Sep 2012
to Western Australia and South-East Asia
Recent release of the online database extension includes regions and countries in IODC region:
Western Australia (up to longitude 125°E)
South-East Asia: Malaysia, Indonesia, Phillipines
Data are calculated from MFG satellite data for a period 1999 up to present in 30-minute time-step.
See the present coverage in iMaps »
Better performance of SolarGIS with new features and numerous upgrades16 Jul 2012
New features and numerous upgrades has been recently launched in SolarGIS, including:
- Full funcionality of pvPlanner including full data access can be examined for FREE, now.
Register and ask for 3 day TRIAL!
- Bookmarking functionality in iMaps
- DEMO regions with iMaps data and reports
- Access to a new global Air-temperature map even for unregistered users
- Numerous updates in purchase section to make the process more intuitive and straightforward
- Other system upgrades
Practical Analysis Workshop:
21 Jun 2012
Validate And Predict Solar Energy Project Viability
We are happy to invite you to workshop Validating the Realistic Feasibility of New Projects - Assessing Technical Data and Other Information Already Available to Predict Project Viability, organized by GeoModel Solar and Suntrace. The topics cover technical and commercial analysis of solar energy projects, including case studies. The workshop is a part of MENA Solar Power Forum programme.
Date and place: 17 September 2012, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Led by: Marcel Suri, Managing Director, GeoModel Solar, Slovakia & Martin Schlecht, Managing Director, Suntrace, Germany
Acknowledgement as one of Top-10 highlights at SNEC 2012 PV Power Expo24 May 2012
The Organizing Committee of SNEC 6th International Exhibition & Conference, which is one of the biggest solar exhibitions in the world, acknowledged SolarGIS as one of Top 10 Highlights of the event. Ten exhibiting companies presenting the most advanced technologies and products received this award. The Strategic importance of the SolarGIS database is demonstrated by the fact that we are the only European company to have received this award.
GeoModel Solar provides data for nation-wide
15 May 2012
solar resource assessment study for Namibia
GeoModel Solar has delivered solar resource data for a pre-feasibility study, co-financed by Global Environment Facility, for a pilot concentrated solar power plant in Namibia. The Polytechnic of Namibia's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institute (REEEI) has commissioned the study on behalf of Namibia's Ministry of Mines and Energy. The deliverables include GIS data at 90 m grid resolution for the entire country and 15-minute time-series data for selected locations. Read more »
Our contribution to forum at World Bank10 May 2012
We shared our knowledge and experience on country level mapping of solar resource ESMAP Knowledge Exchange Forum in Washington DC. The event was part of the World Bank's ESMAP project and organized with the objective of facilitating knowledge exchange in renewable resource mapping. The recording of GeoModel Solar's presentation (co-presented with Stellenbosch University, South Africa) can be viewed online.
Geographical extension of SolarGIS coverage to South America and China09 May 2012
Last month, at the occasions of IFT Energy 2012 in Santiago and SNEC PV Power Expo 2012 in Shanghai, we extended the coverage of the SolarGIS solar resource database to include the regions of South America and China. Previously, there was no accurate and bankable data available for these regions. Thanks to the extension of the SolarGIS data to cover these regions, you can now plan and develop solar energy projects in South America and China with greater confidence.
Air-temperature dataset updated to global coverage27 Apr 2012
Global coverage of Air-temperature data has been implemented into SolarGIS database. Original data source NCEP CFSR, containing data from a period 1989-2009 with a temporal resolution 1 hour, has been preprocessed by in-house developed algorithms and agregated characteristics has been calculated for the users of iMaps, pvPlanner and climData applications.
GeoModel Solar contributes to Global Atlas for Solar and Wind Energy26 Apr 2012
A dozen influential countries expressed their commitment to the development of the Global Solar and Wind Atlas initiative, being managed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). GeoModel Solar figures as data provider. Read more »
Our knowledge among the top04 Apr 2012
Scientific paper by Marcel Suri, et al., is presently the 3rd cited article within the last 5 years in the Solar Energy journal. Mr Suri is the founder and director of GeoModel Solar. See our list of publications and contributions »
PV Power Map of USA for Solar Today25 Mar 2012
In partnership with Clean Power Research, USA, we have come out with the PV Power Map. The Maps, to be published in each issue of Solar Today journal, present a unique view of the total monthly output power of a 1-kilowatt photovoltaic system by location for the United States of America. The first issue of the maps can be seen on the online version of the magazine.
Substantial update of SolarGIS database for iMaps and pvPlanner09 Mar 2012
The updated database features 17 years of data for Europe, Africa and Middle East, and 13 years of data for South Asia. The new database replaces the previous version, which featured 7 years of historical data. Read more »
Quality management system of GeoModel Solar28 December 2011
GeoModel Solar is a customer oriented company committed to constant improvement of the quality of our services. We are confident, that our newly acquired ISO 9001:2008 certificate for Quality Management System will help us reach the most ambitious goals in terms of customer services and support. Read more »
GeoModel Solar has become a member of EPIA23 November 2011
GeoModel Solar has become a member of EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association) - the world.s largest photovoltaic industry association, who's mission is to give its global membership a distinct and effective voice in the European market.
SolarGIS backgrounds lecture available to download3 October 2011
GeoModel Solar team shares its knowledge with solar energy community1 October 2011
The GeoModel Solar team has participated on a few notable conferences and workshops in the last 4 months. Our resultes are reflected in 11 scientific papers, 7 posters and more than 10 oral scientific presentations in the various conference sessions. Now, we share our state-of-the-art knowledge with the solar energy community.
Check our list of publication, including full-text scientific papers.
Photovoltaic planning in India benefits
8 August 2011
from new generation solar resource data and online tools
The geographic expansion of the online system SolarGIS to Indian peninsula has been launched. High-resolution solar resource database, interactive maps and PV simulation software will be introduced to the Indian solar community at the 5th Renewable Energy India 2011 Expo in New Delhi. The present update includes the following countries: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan. Find out more information in this press release.
Scientific paper among the TOP cited articles in Solar Energy journal1 August 2011
The scientific paper
Šúri M., Huld T.A., Dunlop E.D., Ossenbrink H.A.:
Potential of solar electricity generation in the European Union member states and candidate countries,
Solar Energy, Volume 81, Issue 10, 2007, Pp 1295-1305
SolarGIS pvSpot launched in beta release7 Jun 2011
The new SolarGIS application - pvSpot - has been launched in Beta release. SolarGIS pvSpot provides estimates of PV production for any PV system in the area covered by SolarGIS database. It is the sensor-less and independent solution of monitoring electricity production of your PV instalations. While in beta version, the system is free to use. Try pvSpot now!
Solar radiation data in SolarGIS database extended up to 17 years1 Apr 2011
Solar radiation data is now available as follows:
~17 years in Meteosat Prime region (covering most of Europe, Africa, Middle East),
~12 years in Meteosat IODC region (covering most of Asia). For now, data can be requested offline.
According to IEA SHC Task 36 study, SolarGIS is the best performing
25 February, 2011
The recent IEA Task 36 data inter-comparison activity, lead by Pierre Ineichen from University of Geneva, has independently confirmed that SolarGIS is the best performing solar radiation database presently available on the market. The major strengths of SolarGIS are in the balanced statistical representation of the values (histograms), very good accuracy in GHI and excellent accuracy in DNI. The low RMSE makes it best performing for a system performance assessment and for monitoring. More information on SolarGIS website »
The report can be downloaded at:
http://www.unige.ch/cuepe/pub/ineichen_valid-sat-2011-report.pdf (2.3 MB)
The annexes to the report, with detailed analysis for each validation site can be downloaded at:
http://www.unige.ch/cuepe/pub/ineichen_valid-sat-2011-annexe.pdf (60 MB)
SolarGIS pvPlanner launched5 July 2010
Simulation tool for planning and optimisation of photovoltaic systems using climate and geographic data at high temporal and spatial resolution, new generation high performance algorithms and user-friendly interface – online at SolarGIS. Try now or read more about this unique software.
SolarGIS climData launched19 Apr 2010
Online shop with climate data provides comfortable access to data of Global horizontal irradiation, Diffuse horizontal irradiation, Direct normal irradiation and Average air temperature at 2 meters for any location covered by SolarGIS database. Try now or read more.
SolarGIS – data and online tools for solar energy and PV1 March, 2010
GeoModel Solar launched a new generation database (called SolarGIS) and map-based tools (called iMaps) for fast and easy exploration, site selection and effective planning of solar energy systems. New possibilities for browsing interactive maps, online purchase of solar radiation and temperature data. High performance PV simulation software with reporting capability.
climate data and interactive maps, site selection and PV planning
high quality wheather data
for solar energy technologies
services for photovoltaics and solar thermal energy
solar and PV potential of roofs
in urban and industrial zones
ask for a map of your region