Sources

Where does the Wiki-Solar Database get its information?

We collect data from a wide range of sources. The main ones are described below.

Official sources

Some agencies maintain and routinely publish data on projects which include large-scale solar power generation. The main such sources are listed on the right.

We regularly review these sources and gather details of new or updated projects.

Major industry players

We collaborate with many of the major participants in the sector listed in the pages in this section. They provide us periodically with lists of their qualifying projects, or have a comprehensive references section in their websites.

Project participants

Companies involved in individual projects are encouraged to keep us informed by using our simple on-line notification facilities for new projects and plant updates.

Press and media reports

We use software to track online media comment about utility-scale solar installations and projects.

Official program announcements

Some official agencies, who no not maintain project information in real time (as described above and on the right) do make periodic announcements about specific programs, and provide lists of participating projects. This includes, for example, India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme and the Philippines Department of Energy.

Other listing sources

Others periodically list the leading solar power projects. This article in Wikipedia, for example was helpful in our early days, but now tends to follow Wiki-Solar.

Validating the data

Collecting the data is often the easy part. We then need to undertake a substantial vetting exercise to establish which projects are sufficiently concrete to meet our criteria. We also need extensive duplication checking because many projects are obtained through several of the above channels, not always using the same name or details; and we need to ensure that we do not list the same project more than once.

How 'fresh' is the data?

The Wiki-Solar Database is updated in real time against public announcements, and regularly against official sources. All marketplace outputs incorporate the latest data at the time they are produced.

The maps are updated whenever there have been a significant number of new or updated projects. This means typically every 2-4 weeks.

Primary official sources

The main sources who maintain and publish data of relevance for utility-scale solar power are:

Region

Source

International

UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

Brazil

Diário Oficial da União; Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica

Canada

 

- Ontario

Ministry of the Environment

Chile

El Centro Nacional para la Innovación y Fomento de las Energías Sustentables (CIFES)

China

National Energy Administration

India

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)

- Gujarat

Gujarat Energy Development Agency

- Madhya Pradesh

New & Renewable Energy Department (MPNRED)

- Rajasthan

Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation

Philippines

Department of Energy

United Kingdom

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

United Kingdom

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem)

United States

Energy Information Administration (EIA)

United States

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

- California

California Independent System Operator (CAISO)

- North Carolina

North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC)

If there are other relevant official data sources, please let us know.

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