Measurement of reflected solar irradiance is receiving significant attention by industry, military, and government agencies to assess potential impacts of glint and glare from growing numbers of solar power installations around the world. In addition, characterization of the incident solar flux distribution on central receivers for concentrating solar power applications is important to monitor and maintain system performance. This website contains tools to evaluate solar glare and receiver irradiance.
This tool determines when and where solar glare can occur throughout the year from a user-specified PV array as viewed from user-prescribed observation points. The potential ocular impact from the observed glare is also determined, along with a prediction of the annual energy production. Configurations can be quickly modified (e.g., tilt, orientation, shape, location) to identify a design that mitigates glare while maximizing energy production.
Required by the FAA for glare hazard analyses near airports (78 FR 63276).
Empirically quantify glint and glare from reflected light and assess the potential impact (e.g. temporary after-image, retinal burn). No expensive equipment required - just upload photos of the glare and the sun.
Analytically predict the potential impact (e.g. temporary after-image, retinal burn) of observed glare.
Empirically determine the irradiance distribution on a central receiver. No flux gauge needed - simply upload photos and fill in the details, and the tool does the rest.
Calculate the reflectivity of a receiver using only raw photos and details like location and heliostat characteristics.