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Title: Rooftop Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States

Abstract

This data submission contains a workbook with data, and three sets of shapefiles that correspond to that data. Contact: Meghan Mooney, Meghan.Mooney@nrel.gov The workbook contains data that underlies the 2016 technical report Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States: A Detailed Assessment. This data is separated into small, medium, and large buildings. A small building is less than 5,000 square feet, a medium building is between 5,000 and 25,000 square feet, and a large building is greater than 25,000 square feet. The suitability of roof area for hosting PV was determined based on shading (energy production not less than 70% of an identical unshaded system in the same location), tilt (no greater than 60 degree tilt), azimuth (not facing north), and contiguous roof area (at least 10 square meters available) criteria. For further documentation of methods and assumptions, see the 2016 report. The tab Rooftop_PV_with_Lidar_Coverage contains estimates for zip codes where at least some lidar data was available. The zip_percentage column indicates the percentage of area of each zip code was covered by lidar data -- only buildings within the covered area are reported here, meaning that the values for incompletely covered zip codes are under-reported. The tabmore » Small_Building_Suitability contains estimates of the number of small buildings and the percentage of those buildings that have at least some area that is suitable for rooftop PV, for all zip codes in the contiguous US. Where lidar data was not available, a model was used to estimate the data. Estimates for medium and large buildings were not produced at the zip code level, because of insufficient input data.« less

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Other Number(s):
121
DOE Contract Number:  
GO28308
Product Type:
Dataset
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Data (NREL-DATA), Golden, CO (United States); National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Renewable Power Office. Solar Energy Technologies Office
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY
Keywords:
NREL; energy; data; rooftop; photovoltaic; PV; technical potential
OSTI Identifier:
1575064
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.7799/1575064

Citation Formats

Gagnon, Pieter, Margolis, Robert, and Phillips, Caleb. Rooftop Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.7799/1575064.
Gagnon, Pieter, Margolis, Robert, & Phillips, Caleb. Rooftop Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States. United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.7799/1575064
Gagnon, Pieter, Margolis, Robert, and Phillips, Caleb. 2019. "Rooftop Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States". United States. doi:https://doi.org/10.7799/1575064. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1575064. Pub date:Tue Nov 05 00:00:00 EST 2019
@article{osti_1575064,
title = {Rooftop Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States},
author = {Gagnon, Pieter and Margolis, Robert and Phillips, Caleb},
abstractNote = {This data submission contains a workbook with data, and three sets of shapefiles that correspond to that data. Contact: Meghan Mooney, Meghan.Mooney@nrel.gov The workbook contains data that underlies the 2016 technical report Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States: A Detailed Assessment. This data is separated into small, medium, and large buildings. A small building is less than 5,000 square feet, a medium building is between 5,000 and 25,000 square feet, and a large building is greater than 25,000 square feet. The suitability of roof area for hosting PV was determined based on shading (energy production not less than 70% of an identical unshaded system in the same location), tilt (no greater than 60 degree tilt), azimuth (not facing north), and contiguous roof area (at least 10 square meters available) criteria. For further documentation of methods and assumptions, see the 2016 report. The tab Rooftop_PV_with_Lidar_Coverage contains estimates for zip codes where at least some lidar data was available. The zip_percentage column indicates the percentage of area of each zip code was covered by lidar data -- only buildings within the covered area are reported here, meaning that the values for incompletely covered zip codes are under-reported. The tab Small_Building_Suitability contains estimates of the number of small buildings and the percentage of those buildings that have at least some area that is suitable for rooftop PV, for all zip codes in the contiguous US. Where lidar data was not available, a model was used to estimate the data. Estimates for medium and large buildings were not produced at the zip code level, because of insufficient input data.},
doi = {10.7799/1575064},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {11}
}