Delhi-headquartered renewable energy firm Hero Future Energies has completed India’s first large-scale solar and wind energy hybrid project in the state of Karnataka. PV Tech reports from the inauguration and interviews Hero's chairman and managing director Rahul Munjal.
Forecasting | Predicting the power production of a PV plant offers a multitude of benefits to plant
owners and grid operators. The challenges of accurate forecasting across different timescales and in different climate zones are discussed.
Indian states are slowly adopting new forecasting rules that will force solar energy plant operators and Regional load dispatch centres (RLDCs) to provide more frequent and accurate projections of energy production or face penalties.
PV prices have plummeted in recent years but predicting the exact costs in the future seems like an impossible task. KT Tan of Viridian Solar presents one equation that would appear to be able to do just that.
Rising levels of PV penetration mean increasingly sophisticated forecasting technologies are needed to maintain grid stability and maximise the economic value of PV systems. The Grid Integration working group of the European Technology and Innovation Platform – Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) shares the results of its ongoing research into the advantages and limitations of current forecasting technologies.
In the first quarter of 2016, the US installed 1,665MW of solar PV, with 14.5GW of installations forecast by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) for 2016 – down by 1.5GW than was previously predicted.
Community solar in the US could be a market worth as much as US$2.5 billion in revenues by 2020, but accommodating it will require a rethink of utility business models, a new report by Navigant Research claims.
Accurate forecasting is becoming increasingly important as PV penetration grows. Jan Remund of Meteotest looks at some of the recent developments in forecasting science and the work going on to improve this vital aspect of solar’s interaction with the grid.