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The PV Power Map is a report of national solar resource availability as illustrated by the monthly energy output of a nominal 1-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) system by location. This issue contains two maps: one generated using SolarAnywhere’s satellite time-series irradiance data, and the other using National Renewable Energy Laboratory Typical Meteorological Year (TMY3) data. Comparing these two maps highlights why TMY3 data are not recommended to predict short-term performance.
The PV Power Map is a report of national solar resource availability as illustrated by the monthly energy output of a nominal 1-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) system by location. Comparing monthly maps makes it possible to see how irradiance and associated PV system power output vary over time from region to region, often with unexpected results. For example, compare January and February solar resource availability on the eastern seaboard with the Gulf Coast.
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