The American-Made Solar Forecasting Prize is designed to better enable solar industry stakeholders with state-of-the-art solar forecasting capabilities. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, this prize aims to increase the use of the Solar Forecast Arbiter, an open platform developed by the University of Arizona, to allow for the transparent, rigorous, and consistent analysis and evaluation of solar forecasts.
Increasing Awareness of State-of-the-Art Solar Forecasting
Probabilistic forecasts are being recognized as a critical tool for cost-effective reserve allocation and unit scheduling. Considering a future with high-penetration weather-bound renewable energy generation is becoming increasingly important. But today, deployment and integration of these forecasts into energy management systems has not been widely adopted.
Additionally, independent system operators agree that solar forecasting is an important part of system operations, and forecasting becomes even more important as the fraction of variable weather-dependent generation increases.
The Solar Forecasting Prize aims to address this by:
Increasing stakeholder awareness of the state of the art in solar forecasting.
Incentivizing the participation of a broad range of competitors from the solar forecasting industry and research and development space.
Growing industry knowledge of the Solar Forecast Arbiter (SFA) platform and its potential.
Promoting the adoption of uniform and transparent metrics and specifications for solar forecasts using SFA (or similar platforms) by forecast end-users.
Identifying algorithms that perform better than a baseline probabilistic forecast.
Earn Cash Prizes for Successful Solar Forecasting
Up to five teams will win $50,000 each in cash prizes for showcasing the best performing algorithm and the strongest commercialization plan.
Five runner-up teams will also have the chance to earn $25,000 in cash prizes.
What Is the Solar Forecast Arbiter?
The Solar Forecast Arbiter (SFA) is an open forecasting platform developed by the University of Arizona. It allows for the transparent, rigorous, and consistent analysis and evaluation of solar forecasts by end-users.
Tomorrow is the Solar Forecasting registration deadline! Make sure you register yourself or your team by 5 p.m. ET to compete.
This is your chance to earn up to $50,000 in cash prizes for increasing stakeholder awareness of state-of-the-art solar forecasting and boosting industry knowledge of the Solar Forecast Arbiter platform! Up to five winners will earn $50,000 in cash prizes, while up to five runners-up will receive $25,000.
All you have to do to join the competition is register yourself or your team on HeroX by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow. The prize administrators highly encourage you to register now so you don’t forget.
We can’t wait to see the breakthrough ideas you come up with!
The countdown starts now! Only one week left to register for the Solar Forecasting Prize.
This is your chance to better enable solar industry stakeholders with state-of-the-art forecasting capabilities and win cash prizes. When you register, you will have the opportunity to win up to $50,000 in cash prizes for showcasing the best performing algorithm and the strongest commercialization plan.
The Solar Forecasting Prize registration deadline has been extended to Jan. 12, 2022. Register yourself or your team to secure your spot in the competition.
As a reminder, all you have to do by the registration deadline is register your team on HeroX. This prize does not require any submission elements to be completed by the registration deadline. After registering in HeroX, your next step is to create an account on the Solar Forecast Arbiter (SFA) platform using the same email you used on HeroX.
In addition, the following prize deadlines have been extended:
Signed Data Use Agreement submission deadline: Feb. 7, 2022
Forecast evaluation period: Feb. 14 – March 13, 2022
Less than 10 days left to register for the Solar Forecasting Prize! Don’t forget to sign-up and you’ll have the chance to win $50,000 in cash prizes for showcasing the best performing algorithm with the strongest commercialization plan, while five runner-up teams will also have the chance to earn $25,000 in cash prizes.