Vaisala, an environmental and industrial measurement company, has launched a subscription-based online service that the company says will allow solar project developers, operators and engineering teams to minimize long-term resource risk and improve energy estimates.
To date, the solar industry has mostly either used publicly available irradiance datasets based on single models or relied on third-party providers of resource data to carry out evaluation of the available sources. Vaisala says its new Solar Time Series Tool enables users to make substantial time and cost savings by conducting this analysis in-house.
The company adds that the tool allows subscribers to compare results from up to five models for any given site, via a visual interface that enables side-by-side analysis of long-term trends. A single annual subscription price provides access to hundreds of time series globally, according to Vaisala.
Both time series and typical meteorological year data can be downloaded directly from the Solar Time Series Tool and are delivered within 24 hours. For annual subscribers, the cost per download for each individual time series equates to $50.