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New NT Weather Stations Go Live

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Three new purpose-built state of the art weather stations are now live collecting and storing real-time meteorological data which includes solar, wind, temperature, humidity and rain.

The high-resolution and high-quality data will support renewable energy research and development, as well as a resource for developers to scope new projects and encourage renewable energy investments into the Territory. This includes measuring solar irradiance which is important information for making investment decisions for solar energy projects.

Attracting more renewable energy investments is an important step forward in achieving the Territory Labor Government’s target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

There will be four weather stations in total and they represent the different climatic zones of the Territory. The four weather stations can be found at:

  • Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre, Alice Springs (Live)
  • Katherine Research Station, Katherine (Live)
  • Haileybury Rendall School, Darwin (Live)
  • Juno Learning Centre, Tennant Creek (Coming Online Soon)

The data collected from the new weather stations are stored in an online database, is free and publicly available at: http://dkasolarcentre.com.au/locations/nt-solar-resource

The four weather stations form part of the Northern Territory Solar Resource Project (NTSR). The Territory Government and the Intyalheme Centre for Future energy funded the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT) to develop this project.