21 Jul '11, 5pm

3TIER Solar Anomaly Map Shows Correlation with Australian Floods

3TIER Solar Anomaly Map Shows Correlation with Australian Floods

3TIER’s Australian solar performance analysis shows that during December 2010 large portions of the country saw a 5-15% decrease in solar irradiance compared to the long-term average. Areas in northeastern Australia saw decreases of over 20%, including parts of Queensland, New South Wales (NSW), and Victoria where flooding and precipitation were most concentrated. While these conditions are unusual, this type of analysis dispels the perception that solar energy is always consistent from year to year. It also underscores the need for thorough resource assessments prior to investing in solar projects. “One year of observations is simply not enough to determine the financial viability of a solar project,” said Dr. Cameron Potter, managing director of 3TIER’s Pacific Rim entity. “Observations covering the past year and its record flooding would not be representative of long-te...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/partner/3tier/new...

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