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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 and Engineering
    • 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
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
      • Geography 1 (D3): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by describing the major regions of the Earth and their major physical, environmental, and cultural features using a variety of geographic tools, including digital tools and resources.
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