A Refined Method to Translate Solar Data Quality Assessment Flags to Estimated Measurement Uncertainty

Stephen Wilcox, Thomas Stoffel, Aron Habte (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


Integrating solar resource uncertainties due to radiometer measurement performance and operational data quality assessment can provide improved estimates of economic bankability, system design performance, and compliance of solar energy conversion systems. Estimating radiometer measurement uncertainty is an established procedure consistent with recognized best practices and international guidelines. SERI QC is a robust solar data quality assessment software tool that has been in continuous use for more than three decades. This report, the fourth of six for the Data Quality and Uncertainty Integration Project, presents a refined algorithm description for software to translate solar resource data quality assessment results into estimated uncertainty values in a Solar Resource Operational Uncertainty Integrator (SROUI) application. This algorithm requires three-component solar irradiance measurements - global horizontal irradiance, direct normal irradiance, and diffuse horizontal irradiance - collected at 1- to 60-minute intervals, as described in the previous deliverables. The development of this report as Deliverable 6.4 was an iterative process that included reviews and feedback from the project team on initial drafts designed to refine how the new software could best support determining solar resource data uncertainty. The results of this effort will contribute to the final software system development by National Renewable Energy Laboratory staff.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages76
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Solar Resource Solutions, Louisville, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5D00-86936


  • DHI
  • diffuse horizontal irradiance
  • direct normal irradiance
  • DNI
  • GHI
  • global horizontal irradiance
  • operational uncertainty
  • solar irradiance
  • Solar Resource Operational Uncertainty Integrator


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