PV Links and Resources

Imby

The In My Backyard (IMBY) tool estimates solar photovoltaic (PV) array and wind turbine electricity production based on your specifications of system size, location, and other variables. IMBY uses a Google Maps interface to allow you to choose a system location with pinpoint accuracy. It then draws data for that location from one of NREL’s renewable resource databases to estimate your potential electricity production.

http://www.nrel.gov/eis/imby/about.html
http://mercator.nrel.gov/imby/

PV Watts

NREL’s PVWattsTM calculator determines the energy production and cost savings of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, installers, manufacturers, and researchers to easily develop estimates of the performance of hypothetical PV installations.
http://www.nrel.gov/rredc/pvwatts/
http://www.nrel.gov/rredc/pvwatts/version2.html
http://mapserve3.nrel.gov/PVWatts_Viewer/index.html

Open PV project

The real-time status of the solar photovoltaic market in the U.S.
http://openpv.nrel.gov/
http://openpv.nrel.gov/installs/index
http://openpv.nrel.gov/visualization/index

Government Renewable Energy Blog and Resources

The Technical Assistance Program Blog provides a platform for state, local, and tribal government officials that receive funding from the DOE State Energy Program and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants to connect with technical and programmatic experts and share best practices about their renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.

http://www.eereblogs.energy.gov/tap/
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/webinars.html

Maps

http://www.nrel.gov/gis/maps.html
http://www.nrel.gov/gis/solar.html