About us

Data and tools to build a solar future

Solcast's vision is a solar future. We’re dedicated to developing the data and tools needed to plan, construct, operate and manage solar power systems across the world.

Formed in early 2016, Solcast is the culmination of several years of work by co-founders James Luffman and Dr Nick Engerer and their team, who saw tremendous opportunity to approach solar modelling and forecasting from their perspectives as meteorologists working with the electricity sector. Solcast aims to produce data of the highest quality, and that is widely available and easy to use.

James Luffman

James Luffman

CEO

James is a former operational meteorologist, and has worked as a senior manager in the weather industry. James has designed, built and operated real-time modelling systems for industrial applications, bringing key expertise to the deployment of our operational products and services. James sees the integration of increasing solar and storage as a singularly critical technology challenge of the next 10 years. Connect on LinkedIn.

Dr. Nick Engerer

Dr. Nick Engerer

CTO

Nick is an expert in the field of solar radiation and distributed solar PV modelling, and has co-founded Solcast out of a sincere desire to enable others to build the solar-powered future. Nick displays an unusual level of passion for developing applied research projects and collaborating with industry to make BIG ideas a reality. Read more about Dr. Engerer's scientific papers. Follow Nick on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn.

Ben King

Ben King

CCO

Ben is a growth driver whose entrepreneurial instincts and adaptive thinking led him to found multiple businesses before joining Solcast. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance & Accounting) from the University of Technology Sydney. Ben is passionate about solving complex problems, and is keenly focused on the challenges of increasing the penetration of renewables into the grid. Connect on LinkedIn.

Harry Jack

Harry Jack

Lead Modeller

Harry is Solcast's Lead Modeller and forecast systems engineer. Harry holds a BEng (Hons I) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney, and a Grad. Dip. in Meteorology from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). He has worked as an operational Meteorologist and as a forecast systems scientist at the BoM.

Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer

Development Team Lead

Michael is Solcast's Development Team Lead and software developer experienced in designing and delivering consumer and enterprise applications. Michael is focused on helping customers access our products and profit from the economic and environmental benefits of solar forecasting.

Dr. Hugh Cutcher

Dr. Hugh Cutcher

Data Scientist

Hugh is a Data Scientist at Solcast. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons. I) in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Combustion from University of Sydney. Hugh believes that renewable energy is critical to ensuring a cleaner and safer world going forward and is excited to play a part in helping fulfil that potential.

Alistair Northam

Alistair Northam

Strategic Projects Lead

Alistair is an entrepreneur at heart who has developed strong business development/growth skills working in previous start-up companies. He studied at the University of Sydney completing a Bachelor of Science (Marine Science & Physiology) which sparked his passion for renewables and climate science. He enjoys networking and is always looking to grow his connections in what he believes to be the next BIG industry.

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott

Senior Software Developer

Steve is a Software Developer with 30+ years of experience designing and delivering high-performance systems for modelling and database analysis. Steve is focused on implementing fast, efficient and robust backend systems to help our modellers and customers access our products quickly and reliably.

Paul Gittings

Paul Gittings

Senior Software Developer

Paul is a Software Developer at Solcast, with a background which includes 20+ years developing trading systems for Fintech companies. He holds a Bachelor in Mathematics and a Graduate Certificate in Data Science and Innovation. Paul is excited to be part of a team that will enable him to use his acquired skills to aid in the development of services that will play a role in our renewable future.

Eugene Zem

Eugene Zem

Software Developer

Eugene is a fresh developer, having only graduated from a Bachelor of Computer Science this year with a major in Artificial Intelligence. He has transitioned to the role after spending the last 10 years working in the film and television sector and is excited to adapt and grow with his new career path.

Tom Addis

Tom Addis

Modeller

Michael Foley

Michael Foley

Modeller

The Solcast API Toolkit

Solcast takes on the many challenges of producing live and forecast solar data, so that you don’t have to. And that means making the data as easy to access, validate and integrate as possible, which is made possible through our API Toolkit. We provide instant access to live and forecast data products via this web interface, which is free to try. These include direct estimates of global, direct and diffuse solar radiation, as well as PV power output.

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