You've reached step 2 of 6 in our 'Getting Started with Utility Scale Solar Farm Forecasting' series

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If you're ready to get started with our utility scale solar power forecasts, you're in luck, because it could not be simpler to spin up your own demonstration site.  

All you need to do, is provide Solcast with a bit of basic information about your solar farm asset.  Once we have this information, we'll create a unique identifier for 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.  

Required Information:

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!

Once you've registered for the Solcast API, send the above information to us via email, or through the chat bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen.  

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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.

What about the details?

We understand that each solar farm is unique. Local topography may shade your solar farm in the morning hours. Soiling in arid regions is common.  Wiring losses across large solar farms are substantial.  Not all inverters are made equal.  

Well this is where our PV tuning technologies come in.  In the next steps of our process, you'll learn how to access the solar forecasting data created by our systems, followed by some instructions on how to provide us with SCADA/measurement data from your solar farm.  With the measurement data, we'll learn the actual behaviours of your solar farm system for you, and capture all the details based on its real-world performance. 

Get started now, for FREE!

We offer free trials for all our new users, and you can get started straight away by providing us with the basic information listed above.  Just send us those specifications listed above, and your solar farm will be added to our API within a few hours. 


Next Article: Step 3 of 6, Accessing your solar farm forecasts

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