Calculate Solar Radiation is a configuration of ArcGIS Pro that can be used by local government staff to calculate solar radiation maps for the wider community.

Solar radiation maps form the basis for assessing if buildings have potential for solar panel installation. Visualize solar radiation on the ground as well as on the roofs of buildings in a 3D scene and evaluate total solar radiation per selected roof area.


Calculate Solar Radiation requires specific software.

Requirement Description
Scene authoring
  • ArcGIS Pro 1.3 - 2.0 (Standard or Advanced)
  • ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension
  • ArcGIS 3D Analyst extension
GIS service hosting
  • ArcGIS Online subscription, or
  • ArcGIS for Server 10.3.1 - 10.4 (Standard or Advanced), or
    • Portal for ArcGIS
    • ArcGIS Data Store
  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 (Standard or Advanced)

What you get

When you download Calculate Solar Radiation, you'll find the following files:

Directory Item Description
MapsandGeodatabase AssessSolarRadiation.aprx An ArcGIS Pro project used to calculate solar radiation maps and publish the radiation results to a Local Government Scene.
AssessSolarRadiation.tbx A toolbox with tools used to calculate solar radiation.
LayerFiles A folder containing layer files to symbolize your solar radiation results.
AssessSolarRadiation.gdb A geodatabase with content used to create and publish the solar radiation maps.
NASA-GHI.gdb A geodatabase with NASA historic solar radiation averages used to calibrate the atmospheric parameters.
ProposedDevelopment.gdb A geodatabase with proposed development content.
RulePackages A folder containing rule packages to sample the features.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Calculate Solar Radiation.

Date Description
June 2017
  • Support for ArcGIS Pro 2.0
January 2017
  • First release of Calculate Solar Radiation

Get started with Calculate Solar Radiation

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