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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
      • 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.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog1.b.m Interpret patterns in a variety of maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information (contour, cartogram, population, natural resource, historical maps) and explain relationships among them.
      • SS.Geog1.a.h Use printed and digital maps to ask and answer geographic questions (e.g., Where are there patterns? Why there? So what?) and evaluate the appropriateness of geographic data and representations to understand real-world problems. Explain how current geospatial technologies (e.g., Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), satellite images, remote sensing) are used for personal, business, and government purposes.
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