German meteorological instrument manufacturer G.Lufft (Lufft) has been awarded a contract to supply compact weather stations to a 200MW photovoltaic installation in southern California’s Imperial Valley.
Real-time weather data will be collected for the Imperial Valley Solar 1 plant, a US$360 million project supplying energy to the San Diego Gas & Electric service area.
Trimark Associates, a US partner of Lufft fitted the WS500-UMB and WS503-UMB weather stations, which will collect data including solar radiation levels, air temperature and wind speed. The deployment of the weather stations is aimed at optimising the solar farm’s output.
Regional director of Trimark Associates, Robert Hinchman praised the Lufft instruments for their low maintenance and industrial strength and said: “As with many solar PV installations in desert areas, durability is essential due to extreme heat and cold and the sand and grit blowing around.”
Imperial Valley Solar 1 was built by Spanish developer AES Solar. When completed the Imperial Valley solar projects will total 1,100MW capacity across five plants. California law now requires the real-time monitoring of meteorological data for grid-connected renewable energy installations.