Quantitative knowledge of solar irradiance at a particular location – and how it varies on different time scales – is essential for planning, financing and managing solar energy systems and solar building features. As solar power systems increase in size and number, ever more detailed information is required, including irradiance studies, long term PV system monitoring, and forecasts on short, medium and long timescales. These forecasts, which use statistical techniques for minutes to hours, and numerical weather prediction codes for longer timescales, facilitate optimised grid management, and provide vital input to the operators of smart grids.
For further information, please contact:
Dr Wilfred WALSH
Head, Solar Potential and Energy Meteorology Group