Queensland’s New Solar Atlas provides In Depth Data for Solar Investments

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Another historic day for Queensland as Energy Minister Stephen Robertson unveiled the state’s new “Solar Atlas”. The new resource is designed to provide companies with an in depth look into Queensland’s solar data to allow them to identify the best possible location for any new solar power project.

The Solar Atlas has been derived from the data collected from the monitoring stations at Roma, Cloncurry and Charters Towers over a 365 day period, together with feed from a satellite that monitors the solar radiation from these regions. Data showed that the North West, Far North and Central West areas have the most abundant solar radiation in the state, and so are the likely best locations for a solar project.

Companies and institutions interested in solar power projects can use the Solar Atlas to estimate the annual frequency, intensity and even KWh output every day in a specified region in the state on 5KM radius. The map can also be used to tell what kind of solar technology best suits the specified location for optimum output and quicker return of investment.

It is expected that the map will help revolutionise large and medium scale solar power projects in the future and assist solar engineers to develop better means of harnessing the state’s rich solar resources and putting it into practical use.

Households and small businesses can also benefit from the Solar Atlas as it provides them with a rundown of how a typical solar PV system or solar hot water system would work in their location and an estimate in energy bill reduction.

Energy Minister Stephen Robertson said that the Atlas will help Queensland achieve its renewable energy goals and will be an important aid in effectively addressing climate change.

The Solar Atlas is part of the state government’s ongoing commitment to improve and develop solar power technology and boost private investments in solar power in Queensland. This will create more solar related jobs, stabilise the industry, and help to incorporate renewable energy sources into all aspect of the community, reduce greenhouse emissions and increase Queensland’s solar capacity.

The Solar Atlas will also be helpful in mapping the state’s rich solar resources especially with the implementation of the carbon tax on July 2012 and the establishment of the Clean Finance Corporation nearing. The Atlas will serve as the blueprint of the Queensland’s future solar power investments while the CEFC as the avenue of budget.

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