This web-based tool allows users to quickly identify potential solar power generation anywhere in the world. This tool is targeted for investors and policymakers to be able to understand —from a quick glance— the solar power generation potential of a particular region. Users can zoom in to 1 km spatial resolution. The application can generate a short report about the potential generation power of different types of PV systems, allowing governments or private companies to carry out preliminary research on a potential site for PV plant. The Atlas can also be used for educational purposes.
The Atlas is comprised of 22 years of satellite measurement data which has been validated using high quality ground-based measurement data. The result is high-precision data.
Data are still lacking for many developing countries due to lack of ground-based measurement data from high precision solar radiation sensors. The World Bank intends to install solar measurement stations in at least 20 developing countries over the next four years to begin addressing this issue.