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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

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  • 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.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.1.9-12 Use geospatial and related technologies to create maps to display and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
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