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NREL Challenge moderator
Sept. 21, 2021
4:17 p.m. PDT
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Welcome to the Solar Forecasting Prize!

Welcome! We're happy you're here. Official rules for the prize will be posted in late October. If you have any questions before the official open of the prize, please feel free to post them here.

To keep up to date and receive updates about the Solar Forecasting Prize, please click on the red "Follow Challenge" button above.
8 Replies

Ciramax
Oct. 24, 2021
3:28 p.m. PDT
Hi,
One of the Contest requirement is "Identifying algorithms that perform better than a baseline probabilistic forecast.".
Could you provide detailed instruction how competing algorithms ie. Machine Learning, Deep Learning models can be used along with the code? I didn't see any instructions on how new models, can be used, and the mechanism of comparing results with the baseline probabilistic model.
Thanks
Sam

Tassos Golnas moderator
Oct. 24, 2021
4:05 p.m. PDT
Hi Sam,
The Rules for the Prize will be available on Monday, October 25. Please take a look and if you still have questions, come back to the forum to post them.
Thanks!
Tassos

David Beavers
Nov. 8, 2021
10:15 a.m. PST
Hi Tassos - I read the rules and wanted to confirm one thing. There are no limits on the use of outside information, correct? For example, day ahead weather forecasts from local news or a weather forecasting service can be used, right? Or to make for a fair comparison to the Ensemble results, do we need to use only measured weather from previous days, or data supplied by the contest?

Thanks

NREL Challenge moderator
Nov. 8, 2021
12:15 p.m. PST
Hi David - Correct, there are no limits on the use of outside information. Hope this helps, however if you have additional questions, please reach out again.

Xiuhong Chen
Nov. 8, 2021
12:48 p.m. PST
Hi,
I do not understand Probabilistic Forecasting. For each lead hour, we must submit 10 values of GHI instead of only one value?

Thanks!

Xiuhong

NREL Challenge moderator
Nov. 11, 2021
4:55 a.m. PST
@Xiuhong Chen

Thank you for your question. Competitors will need to submit 11 values of GHI (since there are eleven percentiles: 0, 10, 20, …, 100) for each valid hour. To clarify, “valid” here means each hour for which you generate a forecast. For more information, please refer to the official rules, section II.5.2.

Fangyuan Chang
Dec. 3, 2021
9:34 a.m. PST
Hi,

I noticed there is a deadline on Dec. 15. It is claimed to be a "submission" deadline on the website whereas it is a "registration" deadline in the attached presentation slides. Could you please confirm what the deadline is exactly for? Thank you.

Fangyuan

NREL Challenge moderator
Dec. 3, 2021
2:55 p.m. PST
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@Fangyuan Chang

Thank you for your question. The deadline for registration is 12/15. Competitors who wish to compete in the prize must complete a registration form by the registration deadline. The Registration form can be accessed by clicking on the "Accept Challenge button" on the main HeroX page and then "Begin Entry".

Because of the way that HeroX is structured, "submission form" and "submission deadline" are sometimes used interchangeably with "registration form" and "registration deadline" for the purpose of this prize. We apologize for any confusion that this may cause.

If you have additional questions or need further clarification, please respond here to the forum or email us at SolarPrize@nrel.gov.

Thank you!
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