30 min-Ahead Gridded Solar Irradiance Forecasting Using Satellite Data

  • Todd Taomae
  • Lipyeow LimEmail author
  • Duane Stevens
  • Dora Nakafuji
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10837)


Solar irradiance forecasting is critical to balancing solar energy production and energy consumption in the electric grid; however, solar irradiance forecasting is dependent on meteorological conditions and, in particular, cloud cover, which are captured in satellite imagery. In this paper we present a method for short-term solar irradiance forecasting using gridded global horizontal irradiance (GHI) data estimated from satellite images. We use this data to first create a simple linear regression model with a single predictor variable. We then discuss various methods to extend and improve the model. We found that adding predictor variables and partitioning the data to create multiple models both reduced prediction errors under certain circumstances. However, both these techniques were outperformed by applying a data transformation before training the linear regression model.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Todd Taomae
    • 1
  • Lipyeow Lim
    • 1
    Email author
  • Duane Stevens
    • 1
  • Dora Nakafuji
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Hawai‘i at MānoaHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Hawaiian Electric CompanyHonoluluUSA

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