There are two ways to import SolarAnywhere® Data into PlantPredict for use in PV production modeling:
- Import the data directly into PlantPredict using the SolarAnywhere API.
- Download SolarAnywhere Data from data.solaranywhere.com, and import the file(s) into PlantPredict.
Option 1 is only available for SolarAnywhere Typical Year Unlimited or Enterprise customers.
Import using the SolarAnywhere API
SolarAnywhere Typical Year Unlimited and Enterprise customers can take advantage of our PlantPredict integration by following these steps:
- Generate a SolarAnywhere API Key or request an API key from the license manager of your SolarAnywhere Account.
- In PlantPredict, select the gear icon next to your name in the bottom left corner of your screen to edit your account settings.
- Select the Edit Default Settings button and save your SolarAnywhere API key in the Clean Power Research section of the Weather Vendors tab. The key will be stored for future use.
- Navigate to the Weather Component Library using the toolbar on the left side of your screen, then select Add New Weather in the top right corner.
- Input your site coordinates and select Search Vendors.
- Select Download next to the Clean Power Research option, or use the drop-down to modify the SolarAnywhere data version before downloading. If Clean Power Research is not returned as a vendor option, the coordinates may fall outside our available geographic regions.
Import a downloaded SolarAnywhere file
SolarAnywhere® typical-year or time-series data can easily be imported into PlantPredict by following a few simple steps:
- Download typical-year or time-series data from SolarAnywhere in TMY3 output format.
- In PlantPredict, navigate to the Weather Component Library using the toolbar on the left side of your screen, then select Add New Weather in the top right corner.
- Click Select File under “Upload Your Own Weather File” in the top right of your screen, then open your SolarAnywhere TMY3 format file.
- Check the auto-populated locality, parameters and data format using the Continue Import button to navigate through these steps. Make modifications as necessary.
- Upon completing the Quality Check, select Continue Import, then save your Weather File.