IEA PVPS Press Release
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International Energy Agency
Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme
Paris, France, 07 June 2021 – The Task in charge of Solar Resource for High Penetration and Large Scale Applications (Task 16) have recently published  a new report detailed below.

This handbook, created in close collaboration between NREL & IEA PVPS Task 16 is an  update of the Second Edition Solar Resource Handbook of NREL. It's a comprehensive report based on 41 authors from 10 countries.

The report includes notably :

  • a comprehensive overview of best practices for measuring solar radiation, including information gained under collaborative work completed during Task 16.
  • a summary of techniques used to develop estimates of solar resources from weather satellite data and numerical model predictions.
  • a new chapter describing additional meteorological variables (besides radiation) that are required for accurate performance analysis.
  • an updated list of commonly used data sets available both in the public and private sectors,
  • important information on both measured and modeled solar data uncertainty.
  • an update on recent developments in the ability to forecast solar resources over time horizons spanning from minutes to hours ahead and days ahead.
  • Data application techniques for the various stages of project development, from prefeasibility to routine operations, 
The publication and its executive summary are available here.
About the IEA PVPS Task 16
The main goals of Task 16 are to lower barriers and costs of grid integration of PV and lowering planning and investment costs for PV by enhancing the quality of the forecasts and the resources assessments.

Contacts for Further Information:
Jan Remund, Task 16 Operating Agent - 
The International Energy Agency (IEA), founded in 1974, is an autonomous body within the framework of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Technology Collaboration Program (TCP) was created with a belief that the future of energy security and sustainability starts with global collaboration. The program is made up of thousands of experts across government, academia, and industry dedicated to advancing common research and the application of specific energy technologies.
The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) is one of the TCP’s within the IEA and was established in 1993. The mission of the programme is to “enhance the international collaborative efforts which facilitate the role of photovoltaic solar energy as a cornerstone in the transition to sustainable energy systems.” In order to achieve this, the Programme’s participants have undertaken a variety of joint research projects in PV power systems applications. The overall programme is headed by an Executive Committee, comprised of one delegate from each country or organisation member, which designates distinct. ‘Tasks,’ that may be research projects or activity areas. This report has been prepared under Task 1, which deals with market and industry analysis, strategic research and facilitates the exchange and dissemination of information arising from the overall IEA PVPS Programme. 

The IEA PVPS participating countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States of America. The European Commission, Solar Power Europe, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Copper Alliance are also members. 
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