New Mexico: Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool Maximizes Energy Production, Wins R&D 100 Award

Project Overview
Positive Impact: Assesses solar glare concerns and evaluates alternative designs and layouts to mitigate glare impact. Receives 2013 R&D 100 Award.
Locations: New Mexico
Partners: Sandia National Laboratories
EERE Investment: $1.15 million over three years
Clean Energy Sector: Renewable electricity generationPDF

To help address concerns over glare from solar energy installations and its impact on pilots, air traffic controllers, and motorists, Sandia National Laboratories developed the Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool (SGHAT), a Web-based tool that complies with new federal guidelines requiring quantified assessments of glare from proposed solar installations. The tool can quickly locate a site, outline the proposed array, and identify glare throughout the year to predict potential ocular hazards. SGHAT can also evaluate alternative designs and layouts to help mitigate glare impact and maximize energy production. Recognized as a top technology of the year, SGHAT was awarded a 2013 R&D 100 Award.

The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) focuses on achieving the goals of the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade.

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