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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Solar Energy Potential

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  • This interactive world map displays the average daily global horizontal irradiation and the average daily photovoltaic power potential. 
  • These factors are used to evaluate the potential effectiveness of solar energy in an area. 
Teaching Tips


  • This map makes it easy for students to visually identify the areas that are best for producing electricity from solar energy.
  • The map is simple and easy to navigate.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The two factors, horizontal irradiance and photovoltaic power potential, are displayed on different layers.
  • The map can be zoomed in to focus on a specific region.


Scientist Notes
This map details the solar energy potential across the globe, visualizing where we can produce the most solar energy. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 7.ESS3.1 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
      • HS.ESS3.2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
  • Social Sciences
    • Geography (K-12)
      • HS.38 Use technologies to create maps to display and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics at multiple scales.
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