The Energy Department announced $9 million available in 2012 to help utilities and grid operators better forecast when, where, and how much power will be produced at solar energy plants.
The DOE will competitively select one or two projects, potentially partnering with national laboratories, universities and industry, to improve the accuracy of solar forecasting in the sub-hourly, short-term, or one to six hours, and day-ahead timeframes. DOE plans to fund projects that could improve advanced weather modeling, find breakthrough methods for accurately predicting solar energy output, work to incorporate solar energy forecasts into power system operations and demonstrate the economic benefits and improved system reliability for more accurate forecasts.
The initiative will provide up to $9 million in 2012 for projects up to three years in duration, with more than 20 percent of the total funding to be provided by private and other sources.
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