Download Instructions

There are three ways to download data from the NSRDB Viewer: via direct download, through an API, or using Globus. In most cases, the amount of data is small enough that it can be handled in the browser. However, for larger data sets it is necessary to use Globus. We also provide instructions for how to use the NSRDB API for automated download of NSRDB data and System Advisor Model (SAM) simulation using the data.

Direct Download Instructions

Use the following steps to download data from the NSRDB Viewer:

  • Click "Download Data" in the top left corner of the application.
  • Click "Download Solar Resource Data by Point or by Region."
  • Click or draw your area of interest on the map.
  • Customize your download.

API Instructions

We provide an example script for automated download of NSRDB data and System Advisor Model (SAM) simulation using NSRDB data.

Globus Download instructions

For larger data sets, it is necessary to use Globus to manage the data downloads. Below are detailed instructions on how to use the Globus system in conjunction with the NSRDB Viewer.

How to Download Data

Use the following steps to download data from the NSRDB Viewer:

  • Click "Download Data" in the top left corner of the application.
  • Click "Download Solar Resource Data by Point or by Region."
  • Click or draw your area of interest on the map.
  • Customize your download.

Please note: In most cases the amount of data is small enough that it can be handled in the browser.  However, for larger data sets it is necessary to use Globus to manage the data downloads.  Below are detailed instructions on how to use the Globus system in conjuntion with the NSRDB Viewer.

Globus Data Download Instructions

STEP 1

  • Sign up for a Globus account at https://www.globus.org/SignUp. The email verification link will likely open a new browser window from your inbox and log you into Globus.

STEP 2

STEP 3

  • Go to "Transfer Files."
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STEP 4

  • Set up a Globus Connect Personal Endpoint.

NOTE:

  • You will need to download and install software to proceed.
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STEP 5

  • Create the end point.
  • Copy the setup key.
  • Select your operating system type.
  • Go to your "Applications/Programs" folder, and open "Globus Connect" to get the setup prompt.
  • Paste the setup key when prompted.

NOTE:

  • If you experience a server error when connecting to the "Generate Setup Key" and completing installation, it is likely due to a local firewall restriction. Please contact your IT support, and ask to use an open line.
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STEP 6

  • Once Globus Connect Personal is running on your computer, return to the Globus website "Transfer Files" screen.
  • On the left, enter "nrelgds#nrel_nsrdb" for the endpoint and click "Go."
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STEP 7

  • On the right, use the drop-down menu to search for the personal endpoint that you set up in Step 4 and click "Go."
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STEP 8

  • Select the files you want on the left. You can test your connection by downloading a small file called "test.txt." The unique file name of your download that was provided to you by the NSRDB Viewer download dialog will be listed on the left for 24 hours.
  • Select a directory on your local computer on the right.
  • Click the large blue button at the top of the screen to transfer files to your personal end point.
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