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Posted by BeeRich on February 10, 2009, 4:30 pm
 
Hi folks.

Does anybody know how to measure the solar potential over an amount of
time at a single location?

I am looking for an inexpensive way to see how much solar energy comes
into a location over a specific amount of time.

Anybody done the same?  Is there an accepted way of doing this?

Cheers

Posted by Morris Dovey on February 10, 2009, 4:47 pm
 
BeeRich wrote:


Of course.


Not at all unreasonable - did you have a particular location in mind?
Depending on the location, it may already have been done for you. :)


Yes. Well, there's at least two government ways - with (for the USA)
about thirty years of data available on the web.

Does this wheel really need re-inventing?

--
Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/

Posted by BeeRich on February 10, 2009, 7:36 pm
 
It does if nobody tells me.  I've not seen anything so far, and I am
in Canada.  So no, the US government doesn't have that information.
Since I don't know how this is stored, I don't even know what it is
I'm looking for.

This isn't a question of reinventing anything, but seeing if anybody
has that information, or how I can get it.



Posted by Morris Dovey on February 10, 2009, 8:11 pm
 BeeRich wrote:


NREL (The US' National Renewable Energy Lab at www.nrel.gov) has data
for areas outside the US. I don't know how complete the Canadian data
might be or if it covers your area of interest, but it might be worth
exploring.

I just ran a quick Google search on 'Canada insolation data' and got
113,000 hits - give it a try... :)

--
Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/

Posted by BeeRich on February 10, 2009, 9:58 pm
 
Ah cool.  So "insolation" is the keyword.  I had no clue.  My post
here has helped me then.  Well done.  Thanks for the lead.

Cheers

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