Publication of a Research Grade Solar PV Power Dataset

30 June 2018

Solar Forecasting R&D Project

Through generous funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Solcast partnered with the Australian National University to deploy operational solar forecasting and PV measurement data services to 11 Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) across Australia.

Knowledge Sharing: PV Datasets

Under this R&D project, researchers at the Australian National University developed and employed quality control and PV 'tuning' algorithms to produce a high quality PV power dataset that is freely available for research purposes. This algorithms are based upon peer reviewed, published work, which are further detailed in the below documentation.


The dataset comprises PV system power measurements and metadata from 1,287 residential installations across three states/territories in Australia--- though mainly for the cities of Canberra, Perth and Adelaide.

The data consists of real inverter reported power measurements from PV systems that are well distributed throughout each city. This dataset represents a considerably valuable resource, as public access to spatio-temporal PV power data is almost non-existent; (until now!)

PV Power Output Dataset with Documentation

PV power measurements documentation (1.8 MB) Metadata and Timestamps Information (0.95 MB) PV Power Dataset Download (539 MB)

Dr. Nick Engerer

Dr. Nick Engerer

Solcast Co-founder • Author

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.

Read more about Dr. Engerer's scientific papers

Solar Power Forecasting