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Solar API client for Node.js

A comprehensive list of changes in each version may be found in the CHANGELOG.

Read more about the client libraries for Cloud APIs, including the older Google APIs Client Libraries, in Client Libraries Explained.

Table of contents:


Before you begin

  1. Select or create a Cloud Platform project.
  2. Enable billing for your project.
  3. Enable the Solar API API.
  4. Set up authentication with a service account so you can access the API from your local workstation.

Installing the client library

npm install @googlemaps/solar

Using the client library

 * This snippet has been automatically generated and should be regarded as a code template only.
 * It will require modifications to work.
 * It may require correct/in-range values for request initialization.
 * TODO(developer): Uncomment these variables before running the sample.
 *  Required. The longitude and latitude from which the API looks for the
 *  nearest known building.
// const location = {
//   latitude: 37.7900161,
//   longitude: -122.3900146,
// };
 *  Optional. The minimum quality level allowed in the results. No result with
 *  lower quality than this will be returned. Not specifying this is
 *  equivalent to restricting to HIGH quality only.
// const requiredQuality = {}
 *  Optional. Whether to require exact quality of the imagery.
 *  If set to false, the `required_quality` field is interpreted as the minimum
 *  required quality, such that HIGH quality imagery may be returned when
 *  `required_quality` is set to MEDIUM.  If set to true, `required_quality`
 *  is interpreted as the exact required quality and only `MEDIUM` quality
 *  imagery is returned if `required_quality` is set to `MEDIUM`.
// const exactQualityRequired = true

// Imports the Solar library
const {SolarClient} = require('@googlemaps/solar').v1;

// Instantiates a client
const solarClient = new SolarClient();

async function callFindClosestBuildingInsights() {
  // Construct request
  const request = {

  // Run request
  const response = await solarClient.findClosestBuildingInsights(request);



Samples are in the samples/ directory. Each sample's README.md has instructions for running its sample.

Sample Source Code Try it
Solar.find_closest_building_insights source code Open in Cloud Shell
Solar.get_data_layers source code Open in Cloud Shell
Solar.get_geo_tiff source code Open in Cloud Shell
Quickstart source code Open in Cloud Shell

The Solar API Node.js Client API Reference documentation also contains samples.

Supported Node.js Versions

Our client libraries follow the Node.js release schedule. Libraries are compatible with all current active and maintenance versions of Node.js. If you are using an end-of-life version of Node.js, we recommend that you update as soon as possible to an actively supported LTS version.

Google's client libraries support legacy versions of Node.js runtimes on a best-efforts basis with the following warnings:

  • Legacy versions are not tested in continuous integration.
  • Some security patches and features cannot be backported.
  • Dependencies cannot be kept up-to-date.

Client libraries targeting some end-of-life versions of Node.js are available, and can be installed through npm dist-tags. The dist-tags follow the naming convention legacy-(version). For example, npm install @googlemaps/solar@legacy-8 installs client libraries for versions compatible with Node.js 8.


This library follows Semantic Versioning.

This library is considered to be in preview. This means it is still a work-in-progress and under active development. Any release is subject to backwards-incompatible changes at any time.

More Information: Google Cloud Platform Launch Stages


Contributions welcome! See the Contributing Guide.

Please note that this README.md, the samples/README.md, and a variety of configuration files in this repository (including .nycrc and tsconfig.json) are generated from a central template. To edit one of these files, make an edit to its templates in directory.


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