Solargis, a solar data services and software company, has launched a software platform designed specifically for the visualization, quality management and analysis of solar data. Solargis Analyst, developed in-house by the Solargis Data Analytics team, enables solar engineers and decision makers to improve the efficiency of complex resource analysis, identify and correct measurement errors, and improve their technical and financial decisions.
Solargis Analyst was developed to work with solar measurements for over 1,000 sites worldwide. The initial development process was supported by pilot customer Iberdrola’s solar resource analysis team. Solargis Analyst provides a single, user-friendly platform for efficient management, visualization, and analysis of solar resource and weather data, dramatically reducing analysis time, simplifying complex data analysis procedures, and making the work of data scientists easier. ‘team.
In turn, the platform enables users to address all of the most common quality management challenges, including unreliable, incomplete and inconsistently formatted data, while meeting industry demand for tools specifically based on solar physics and advanced data science.
In combination with the technical assistance and advisory services already offered by Solargis, this ultimately enables solar photovoltaic players to increase confidence in financial transactions using validated data and to improve the accuracy and transparency of their performance reviews.
“As we aim to conduct best-practice solar data measurement and analysis campaigns for our growing global asset base, it is imperative that we empower our solar resource analysis team, so that we can collectively have confidence in the quality of the data that underpins our strategic decision-making,” says Elena Rodríguez, Solar Resources Analyst at Iberdrola and pilot user of Solargis Analyst. “Solargis has successfully delivered a software platform that helps us achieve this goal and will undoubtedly contribute to improving data quality standards across the industry.”
As solar portfolios increase in size and complexity, the challenge of managing the consistency and quality of solar data streams measured during project development and operation also increases. The scale of this challenge is significant, as most solar projects around the world suffer in one way or another from unreliable solar resource data.
In particular, solar resource analysts face a constant struggle to reconcile ground-based measurements with time series from satellite models. Errors in solar measurements affect the accuracy of performance estimates, which ultimately impacts financial returns. Additionally, data quality issues also affect long-term operational decision-making, where inaccurate inputs hinder the effective development and management of solar portfolios. Despite these concerns, an estimated 70% of solar resource analysts worldwide still use spreadsheets or other non-specialist tools designed for other technologies to manage their solar data.
“Solargis Analyst is a tool that was developed by solar resource specialists for solar analysts and decision makers,” adds Marcel Suri, CEO of Solargis. “Our team deals daily with the challenges of reconciling inconsistent ground measurements with satellite time series, and we aim to distill over 20 years of experience in the field into software that will dramatically increase the efficiency of solar data visualization, analysis and quality management.