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Forecast.Solar

Restful API for Solar plant production and Weather forecast data

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Examples here use the estimate mode, you can replace it with history for historic data or with clearsky for theoretic results for clear sky weather.

Solar production estimate

Get solar production estimate for specific location (defined by latitude and longitude) and a specific plane orientation (defined by declination and azimuth) for an installed module power.

Historic solar production

historic means here that the average of all years of the available weather data on that day is considered, the current weather is thus not included in the calculation.

Clear sky solar production

If there were no clouds it would be a clear sky. clearsky thus calculates the theoretically possible production.

Public

  • One plane can be accessed by an API call
  • only estimate data available
https://api.forecast.solar/estimate/:lat/:lon/:dec/:az/:kwp

Personal

  • One plane can be accessed by an API call
  • estimate and history data are available
https://api.forecast.solar/:apikey/estimate/:lat/:lon/:dec/:az/:kwp

Professional

  • Combined data of up to 3 planes can be accessed by one API call
  • estimate, history and clearsky data are available
https://api.forecast.solar/:apikey/estimate/:lat/:lon/:dec/:az/:kwp
https://api.forecast.solar/:apikey/estimate/:lat/:lon/:dec1/:az1/:kwp1/:dec2/:az2/:kwp2
https://api.forecast.solar/:apikey/estimate/:lat/:lon/:dec1/:az1/:kwp1/:dec2/:az2/:kwp2/:dec3/:az3/:kwp3

URL parameters

  • apikey - personal API key for registered users
  • lat - latitude of location, -90 (south) … 90 (north)
  • lon - longitude of location, -180 (west) … 180 (east)
  • dec - plane declination, 0 (horizontal) … 90 (vertical)
  • az - plane azimuth, -180180 (-180 = north, -90 = east, 0 = south, 90 = west, 180 = north)
  • kwp - installed modules power in kilo watt

You can poke around with the Swagger Editor to build proper request URLs.

Watts, Watt hours, Watt hours day

There are also routes available to query only the watts, watt hours or watt hours per day.

https://api.forecast.solar/estimate/watts/:lat/:lon/:dec/:az/:kwp
https://api.forecast.solar/estimate/watthours/:lat/:lon/:dec/:az/:kwp
https://api.forecast.solar/estimate/watthours/day/:lat/:lon/:dec/:az/:kwp

The same for Personal and Professional accounts with API key

https://api.forecast.solar/:apikey/estimate/watts/:lat/:lon/:dec/:az/:kwp
https://api.forecast.solar/:apikey/estimate/watthours/:lat/:lon/:dec/:az/:kwp
https://api.forecast.solar/:apikey/estimate/watthours/day/:lat/:lon/:dec/:az/:kwp

Here you can query with a Professional account also up to 3 planes at once.

Example

Get solar production estimate per day as CSV for 52° north, 12° east, for a installation with a declination of 37° looking south (0°) with 5.67 kWp

curl -H "Accept: text/csv" https://api.forecast.solar/<APIkey>/estimate/watthours/day/52/12/37/0/5.67
2016-02-08;3680
2016-02-09;13545
2016-02-10;8347
2016-02-11;3873
2016-02-12;18763
2016-02-13;4022
2016-02-14;4298
2016-02-15;3395

Get solar production estimate as JSON for 52° north, 12° east, for a installation with a declination of 37° looking south (0°) with 5.67 kWp

curl https://api.forecast.solar/<APIkey>/estimate/watthours/52/12/37/0/5.67
{
    "result": {
        "2016-02-08 07:20:00": 0,
        "2016-02-08 07:38:00": 17,
        "2016-02-08 08:15:00": 195,
        ...
        "2016-02-08 15:45:00": 3599,
        "2016-02-08 17:14:00": 3680,
        "2016-02-08 17:32:00": 3680,
        "2016-02-09 07:18:00": 0,
        "2016-02-09 07:36:00": 66,
        "2016-02-09 08:15:00": 785,
        ...
        "2016-02-09 15:45:00": 13472,
        "2016-02-09 17:16:00": 13545,
        "2016-02-09 17:34:00": 13545,
        "2016-02-10 07:17:00": 0,
        "2016-02-10 07:35:00": 26,
        "2016-02-10 08:15:00": 314,
        ...
        "2016-02-10 15:45:00": 8268,
        "2016-02-10 17:18:00": 8347,
        "2016-02-10 17:36:00": 8347,
        "2016-02-11 07:15:00": 0,
        "2016-02-11 07:33:00": 18,
        "2016-02-11 08:15:00": 231,
        ...
        "2016-02-11 15:45:00": 3791,
        "2016-02-11 17:20:00": 3873,
        "2016-02-11 17:38:00": 3873,
        "2016-02-12 07:13:00": 0,
        "2016-02-12 07:31:00": 97,
        "2016-02-12 08:15:00": 1284,
        ...
        "2016-02-12 15:45:00": 18674,
        "2016-02-12 17:22:00": 18763,
        "2016-02-12 17:39:00": 18763,
        "2016-02-13 07:11:00": 0,
        "2016-02-13 07:29:00": 19,
        "2016-02-13 08:15:00": 263,
        ...
        "2016-02-13 15:45:00": 3933,
        "2016-02-13 17:23:00": 4022,
        "2016-02-13 17:41:00": 4022,
        "2016-02-14 07:10:00": 0,
        "2016-02-14 07:27:00": 19,
        "2016-02-14 08:15:00": 282,
        ...
        "2016-02-14 15:45:00": 4169,
        "2016-02-14 17:25:00": 4298,
        "2016-02-14 17:43:00": 4298,
        "2016-02-15 07:08:00": 0,
        "2016-02-15 07:25:00": 20,
        "2016-02-15 08:15:00": 312,
        ...
    },
    "message": {
        "code": 0,
        "type": "success",
        "text": ""
    }
}

The watt_hours data will simulate a daily electricity meter and therefor resets to 0 at day change!