Since the beginning of 2020, the service-provider ‘energy & meteo systems’ has been forecasting the power generation of Pavagada solar park (total capacity of 2,050 MW) for the companies Tata and SB Energy – two of the largest operators of the park, which together are responsible for around 700 megawatts of plant capacity.
With this share of Pavagada solar park, which is the second-largest solar park in the world, that covers a remarkable area of 53 square kilometres, ‘energy & meteo systems’ now provides reliable forecasts for operators of five of the six largest solar parks in the world. These include the current leader in Bhadla, India, with a total output of around 2.2 gigawatts. For the company Greenko, predictions are delivered for its 500 megawatts capacity in the world’s 6th largest solar park Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, India, with a total installed capacity of 1,000 megawatts.
Contextually, three of the six largest solar parks are located in India, all with rated outputs in the gigawatt range. In order to safely integrate such powerful photovoltaic power plants into the power grids, grid operators need particularly reliable power generation forecasts. These must not only take into account the local weather, but also the local and technical characteristics of the respective plant. Inaccurate forecasts endanger the security of the electricity supply. After all, if grid operators do not react quickly enough to unforeseen fluctuations in the grid, the electricity networks of entire regions can collapse.