If you're ready to get started with our Utility Scale live and forecast data you're in luck, because it could not be simpler to spin up your own demonstration site.
Doing this will require a bit of basic information about your solar farm asset. With this information, you'll use the API Toolkit to create you solar farm site, which you can use to retrieve forecasts at that location, and to share your SCADA data further improve the forecasting accuracy.
To begin, Solcast requires only very basic information:
The solar farm name
Its latitude and longitude
The AC & DC rated capacity of the solar farm (in MW)
Is the solar farm a 1-axis tracking site? (Y/N)
It's really that simple!
What will we do with the information you provide?
Once we know the location of your solar farm, along with its capacity and tracking information, we'll use this information to begin generating power output forecasts based on those parameters.
The location will be used to match up the local cloud cover conditions, which are forecast based on our rapid update global cloud nowcasting system. Solcast will track the cloud cover conditions present in the region of its operations, create an ensemble of predictions of their future positions, and immediately begin providing probabilistic forecasts of the available solar radiation at that location.
With the capacity and tracking information, we'll use proprietary PV power modelling algorithms to make estimates of the power generated at your solar farm site. To do this, we apply a relatively lightweight power conversion model, which provides you with a first-estimate of how your solar farm is likely to behave over the next few hours, out through 7 days ahead