Mapping project to reveal solar potential

9 November 2010

Solar mapping project begins.

Solar mapping project begins.
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A solar resource mapping project being undertaken by Geoscience Australia will provide unprecedented benefits for researchers, and valuable data for electricity generators planning to invest in solar power plants in Australia.

Agency scientists will map the scale of solar radiation potential across Australia to establish which areas of the continent are most suited to the development of large-scale solar power stations over the long term.

The resulting world-class pre-competitive data will improve the accuracy for solar energy prediction and help investors to gain insights into the sun's potential, which will allow them to identify the best places to locate solar power plants.

The Solar Prospectivity Maps will feature both physical and socio-economic information which will include details on local infrastructure, land tenure, water sources and other vital information.

Geoscience Australia's parent department, the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, has allocated up to $5 million for the agency to undertake collection of solar data and resource mapping in collaboration with relevant government agencies.

The first public release of this data is planned to coincide with the upcoming Solar2010 Conference held at the ANU from 1 - 3 December. Geoscience Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology will co-present a paper at Solar2010 outlining the solar resource mapping work and related weather modelling initiatives.

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