Concentrating Solar Power: Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Resource Data

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This handbook presents detailed information about solar resource data and the resulting data products needed for each stage of the project, from initial site selection to systems operations.


"This Handbook was developed in response to a growing need by the Concentrating Solar Power community for a single document addressing the key aspects of solar resource characterization. The material was assembled by scientists and engineers who have many decades of combined experience in atmospheric science, radiometry, meteorological data processing, and renewable energy technology development. In essence, this Handbook represents the culmination of more than 30 years of research and development investment by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to advance our understanding of the nation’s renewable energy reserves. You are encouraged to provide feedback to the authors for future revisions and expansion of the Handbook scope and content."


  1.  "CSP Guide"