Solcast delivers operational solar energy modelling and forecasting technologies, based on a fusion of unique and disparate data sources. We work directly with the energy industry to remove the uncertainty associated with behind the meter PV generation and large solar farms. Our data is global, with increased detail and update frequency in satellite coverage areas - currently Australia, North and Central America and East Asia.
The graph below is a live example of our solar farm/park forecasts. Here we are displaying data for the under-construction Darling Downs solar farm in Queensland, Australia. This graph uses our satellite-based estimated actuals API for historical data, and our satellite and weather model based API forecast product out through 7 days. Once the solar farm is operational, our system automatically learns to improve the forecast, and we add finer time granularity options.
James is a former operational meteorologist, and has broad experience as a senior manager in the commercial weather industry. James is an expert in designing, building and operating real-time modelling systems for commercial applications, bringing key expertise to the deployment of our operational products and services. James sees the integration of increasing solar and storage as a singularly critical technology challenge of the next 10 years.
Nick is the Chief Investigator on a $3.6M ARENA distributed solar modelling project, which is commercialising new technologies into Solcast through R&D at The Australian National University. He is an expert in the field of solar radiation and distributed solar PV modelling, and has co-founded Solcast out of a sincere desire to raise the maximum penetration levels of solar in our electricity networks. Nick displays an unusual level of passion for developing applied research projects and collaborating with industry to make big ideas a reality.
Read more about Nick at: nickengerer.org
Darren is a Software Developer with broad experience designing and building large scale products and services to government as well as software tools for other developers. Darren brings these skills and expertise to Solcast with a strong desire to see solar electricity generation grow in Australia and around the world.
Solcast is partnered with The Australian National University through an Australia Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) funded research project which will deliver distributed solar modelling and forecasting services to eight Australian distribution networks. This industry focused applied research project will commercialise new technology into Solcast annually over the 2016 to 2019 period.MORE ON THE PROJECT