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Title: University of Texas Panamerican (UTPA): Solar Radiation Lab (SRL); Edinburg, Texas (Data)

This measurement station monitors global horizontal, direct normal, and diffuse horizontal irradiance to define the amount of solar energy that hits this particular location.
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Report Number(s):
NREL/DA-5500-56514
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Product Type:
Dataset
Research Org(s):
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Collaborations:
University of Texas
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; nrel; midc; solar; irradiance; meterological; data; measurement; instrumentation; solar calendar; wind rose; display; weather; outdoor; global; direct; diffuse; thermopile; tracker; pyranometer; pyrheliometer; radiometer
OSTI Identifier:
1052555
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