Solar power plants get help from satellites to predict cloud cover

Solar power plants get help from satellites to predict cloud cover

Washington DC (SPX) Apr 15, 2020

The output of solar energy systems is highly dependent on cloud cover. While weather forecasting can be used to predict the amount of sunlight reaching ground-based solar collectors, cloud cover is often characterized in simple terms, such as cloudy, partly cloudy or clear. This does not provide accurate information for estimating the amount of sunlight available for solar power plants.

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