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Site-Adaptation of Modeled Solar Radiation Data: The SiteAdapt Procedure

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submitted on 2024-05-15, 07:05 and posted on 2024-05-15, 07:06 authored by Carlos M. Fernández-Peruchena, Jesús Polo, Luis Martín, Luis Mazorra

The adaptation of modeled solar radiation data with coincident ground measurements has become a standard practice of the industry, typically requested by financial institutions in the detailed solar resource assessments of solar projects. This practice mitigates the risk of solar projects, enhancing the adequate solar plant design and reducing the uncertainty of its yield estimates. This work presents a procedure for improving the accuracy of modeled solar irradiance series through site-adaptation with coincident ground-based measurements relying on the use of a regression preprocessing followed by an empirical quantile mapping (eQM) correction. It was tested at nine sites in a wide range of latitudes and climates, resulting in significant improvements of statistical indicators of dispersion, distribution similarity and overall performance: relative bias is reduced on average from −1.8% and −2.3% to 0.1% and 0.3% for GHI and DNI, respectively; relative root mean square deviation is reduced on average from 17.9% and 34.9% to 14.6% and 29.8% for GHI and DNI, respectively; the distribution similarity is also improved after the site-adaptation (KSI is 3.5 and 3.9 times lower for GHI and DNI at hourly scale, respectively). The methodology is freely available as supplementary material and downloadable as R-package from SiteAdapt.

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Published in: Remote Sensing
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  • English



Publication Year

  • 2020

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This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Institution affiliated with

  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute - HBKU