The "Global Solar Opportunity Tool," currently available in beta version, aims to assist policy makers and analysts in identifying the size and location of market opportunities for the cost-effective deployment of solar technologies worldwide.
According to the Clean Energy Solutions Center, future enhancements will include the use of sub-national data, and data for concentrating solar power technologies, among others.
20 July 2012: The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), has released the beta version of the “Global Solar Opportunity Tool.” The Tool aims to facilitate analysis of market opportunities for solar technologies. It provides information on, and visualizations of, the technical potential, economic opportunity, and market size for a range of solar technologies, including residential rooftop systems and utility-scale installations for countries worldwide.
Currently available only in beta version, future enhancements will include the use of sub-national data, data for concentrating solar power technologies, and the possibility to add user-generated data as a complement to the tool’s baseline data. [CEM Press Release] [Global Solar Opportunity Tool]