National Solar Radiation Data Base User's Manual (1961-1990)

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The National Solar Radiation Data Base was produced by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), formerly the Solar Energy Research Institute, under the Department of Energy's (DOE) Resource Assessment Program. All of the meteorological data were provided by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The majority of the measured solar radiation data were collected by NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) and supplied to NREL by NCDC. Solar radiation data were also obtained from the University of Oregon; WEST Associates (a consortium of southwestern utilities); the University of New York at Albany; Trinity University, Texas; Georgia Institute of Technology; Bethune-Cookman College, Florida; and Savannah State College, Georgia.

The data base production task was initiated in 1989 by Roland L. Hulstrom, who at the time was manager of the Solar Radiation Resource Assessment Project. The key task participants include Eugene L. Maxwell (Task Leader), Martin Rymes, Steve Wilcox, Daryl Myers, Thomas Stoffel, and Eric Hammond. Pamela Gray-Hann's painstaking preparation of the text and tables for this document is gratefully acknowledged. Many others, too numerous to list, also made valuable contributions. Program management support for the task, received from Lloyd Herwig and Michael Pulscak (DOE) and Carol Riordan and Dave Renne' (NREL), is gratefully recognized. Also, the NREL task participants gratefully acknowledge the unfailing support and encouragement received from the management and staff at NCDC (especially Marc Plantico and Tom Ross).

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