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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The data in this section are free for public use. Information about the calculation methods can be found here. The use of these data is authorised, if the source is acknowledged.
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In your publications, please cite this reference:
Huld, T., Müller, R. and Gambardella, A., 2012. "A new solar radiation database for estimating PV performance in Europe and Africa". Solar Energy, 86, 1803-1815.
Solar radiation and PV potential summary for fixed-mounted PV systems at the level of EU Member States and other European countries are available in spreadsheet format. There are two different versions available:
These are raster data that can be used in a Geographical Information System (GIS) software. The data represent long-term yearly and monthly averages of selected climatic parameters.
The solar radiation data we make available here are long-term averages for each month and for the year, based on data with hourly time resolution from satellite. In all cases, the original data are freely available from the organizations that have produced the data sets.
Three different data sets are available for solar radiation: