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Python wrapper for NREL PVWatts's API.

Project description

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A NREL PVWAtts API v5 thin Python wrapper built around requests library.

Developed by <http://renooble.com>.

Github repository: <https://github.com/mpaolino/pypvwatts>

PVWatts API v5 Documentation: <http://developer.nrel.gov/docs/solar/pvwatts-v5/>

Python requests library: <http://docs.python-requests.org/en/latest/>

Supports

Python 2 & Python 3

Installing

pypvwatts can be installed using distutils/setuptools, either using the setup.py included or directly over PyPi package repository:

Using PyPi

$ pip install pypvwatts

Download the tarball, unpack and then run setup.py

$ python setup.py install

Usage - with class methods

>>> from pypvwatts import PVWatts
>>> PVWatts.api_key = 'myapikey'
>>> result = PVWatts.request(
        system_capacity=4, module_type=1, array_type=1,
        azimuth=190, tilt=30, dataset='tmy2',
        losses=13, lat=40, lon=-105)
>>> result.ac_annual
6683.64501953125

Usage - with instance methods

>>> from pypvwatts import PVWatts
>>> p = PVWatts(api_key='myapikey')
>>> result = p.request(
        system_capacity=4, module_type=1, array_type=1,
        azimuth=190, tilt=30, dataset='tmy2',
        losses=13, lat=40, lon=-105)
>>> result.ac_annual
6683.64501953125

Request parameters and responses

All request parameters correspond to NREL PVWatts API parameters.

This library provides shortcuts for all response output fields, all can be accessed as a result property.

Please refer to NREL PVWatts documentation for further details.

http://developer.nrel.gov/docs/solar/pvwatts-v5/

Raw data

Raw result data can be queried using the result.raw attribute.

>>> from pypvwatts import PVWatts
>>> result = PVWatts.request(
        system_capacity=4, module_type=1, array_type=1,
        azimuth=190, tilt=30, dataset='tmy2',
        losses=13, lat=40, lon=-105)
>>> result.raw
{u'errors': [u'You have exceeded your rate limit. Try again later or contact us at http://developer.nrel.gov/contact for assistance']}

Errors

All API errors are reported via JSON response, using the errors attribute.

>>> from pypvwatts import PVWatts
>>> result = PVWatts.request(
        system_capacity=4, module_type=1, array_type=1,
        azimuth=190, tilt=30, dataset='tmy2',
        losses=13, lat=40, lon=-105)
>>> result.errors
[u'You have exceeded your rate limit. Try again later or contact us at http://developer.nrel.gov/contact for assistance']

All parameters feeded to make the request are validated, all validations follow the restrictions documented in NREL v5 API docs at <http://developer.nrel.gov/docs/solar/pvwatts-v5/>. All validation errors will be raised with pypvwatts.pvwattserror.PVWattsValidationError exception.

pypvwatts does not try to hide the fact is a thin wrapper around requests library so all other service errors such as connectivity or timeouts are raised as requests library exceptions <http://docs.python-requests.org/en/latest/user/quickstart/#errors-and-exceptions>.

Tests

Simple tests are provided in test.py. Run them with:

$ python -m unittest pypvwatts.test

Or the preferred way, testing Python 2.7 and Python 3.6 together using tox (you need to install it):

$ tox

Changelog

2.1.0 - Add Python 3 support while maintaining Python 2 backwards compatibility

2.0.3 - Fix pip install under OSX

2.0.2 - Make all requests using HTTPS

2.0.1 - Minor updates to README

2.0.0 - Version is now compatible with PVWatts v5. 2.0.0 is not backwards compatible with 1.2.0. Attributes of the API have changed.

1.2.0 - Fixed proxy handling, now using proxies parameter.

1.1.1 - Updated copyright notice

1.1.0 - Minor import fix and README update

1.0.0 - First release

Author: Miguel Paolino <miguel@renooble.com>, Hannes Hapke <hannes@renooble.com> - Copyright <http://renooble.com>

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