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.

Contact Us

If you would like a quotation for an Enterprise package, please email sales@solcast.com

You can reach James or Nick via email at james@solcast.com or nick@solcast.com

Sydney

32 Halloran St, Lilyfield, NSW 2040 Australia

Canberra

Ground Floor, 490 Northbourne Avenue Dickson, ACT 2602 Australia

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James Luffman

CEO Sydney, NSW, Australia

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.

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Dr. Nick Engerer

CTO Canberra, ACT, Australia

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.

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Darren Reid

Senior Developer & Architect Canberra, ACT, Australia

Darren is a Software Developer with broad experience designing and building large scale products and services to government as well as software tools for other developers. Darren brings these skills and expertise to Solcast with a strong desire to see solar electricity generation grow in Australia and around the world.

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Harry Jack

Lead Modeller Glasgow, Scotland

Harry is Solcast’s lead modeller and forecast systems engineer, and is based in Glasgow, Scotland. 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.

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Jared McCorkindale

Developer Canberra, Australia

Jared has been shipping software professionally for the past 6 years. He holds a double degree in Information Technology and Business from Charles Sturt University. Jared is passionate about solving challenging problems and is excited to be involved in building a renewable energy future.

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Michael Palmer

Software Developer Sydney, Australia

Michael is a Software Developer with 12+ years of experience 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.

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Ben King

Growth and Projects Manager Sydney, Australia

Ben is a business driver whose entrepreneurial instincts and adaptive thinking have carried multiple companies through rapid growth. 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.

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Dr. Jing Huang

Principal Scientist Canberra, Australia

Jing is Solcast’s Principal Scientist, responsible for ensuring Solcast’s algorithms are at the cutting edge of science, and our data quality and forecast accuracy remain world-leading. Jing obtained his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at Duke University in 2010, before working as a Senior Research Scientist in CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Jing is currently an expert for Australia to contribute to IEA PVPS Programme research Task 16 “Solar Resource for High Penetration and Large Scale Applications”. Read more about Dr. Jing Huang’s research publications.

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Hugh Cutcher

Data Scientist Sydney, Australia

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.