Cloud Meteorology and Utility-Scale PV Variability

Adam Kankiewicz, Jing Yang Li, Manajit Sengupta

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This paper illustrates the impact of transient clouds on the energy production of the 25 MWac DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center near Arcadia, Florida. We analyze eight months of energy production data from the site and investigate the impact of clouds on current operations and future build-out scenarios. We also demonstrate how increasing the PV production footprint can help dampen energy production ramp events triggered by the passage of transient clouds.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2011
Event40th ASES National Solar Conference 2011, SOLAR 2011 - Raleigh, NC, United States
Duration: 17 May 201120 May 2011


Conference40th ASES National Solar Conference 2011, SOLAR 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityRaleigh, NC

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-55071


  • cloud meteorology
  • solar
  • utility integration


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