All About Solcast
An exciting new endeavour, which marries my industry driven academic research with direct pathways to impact. Solcast is delivering operationalisation of my distributed solar and radiation modelling research, and challenging me to continually build, measure, learn and pivot my way through the rapidly evolving electricity sector landscape.
What is Solcast?
Solcast blends a wide variety of data sources, such as satellites, numerical weather models and PV system monitoring feeds to produce high resolution predictions of solar radiation and solar PV system power output.
I've formed Solcast, out of a sincere desire to meet two key objectives:
- To smooth the transition of the electricity sector to high penetrations of solar energy generation
- Ultimately, to raise the allowable levels of solar energy technologies in our electricity networks
Meeting the Objectives
Solcast works as an interface between University research and industry applications. Through commercialisation of the R&D outcomes of my research team at The Australian National University, Solcast is deploying a range of key enabling technologies to electrical grid and market operators. More specifically, Solcast is the commercialisation vehicle for deployment of the ANU developed Regional PV Simulation System
In particular, SOLCAST focuses on:
Distributed PV modelling for energy market applications
Real-time, operational distributed solar forecasting services for distribution networks
Solar radiation and PV power output forecasting for software developers and energy analysts
Real-time Forecasting of Australian Small-Scale Solar
The graph below displays state-level small-scale solar PV power output forecasts for Australia. At Solcast, we define small-scale solar as any site with less than 30MW of installed capacity. This graph uses Solcast's satellite based estimated actuals API product for historical data, and our satellite and weather model based API forecast product out through 7 days.