Meteorological Sensor Array (MSA) Observations and High Resolution Model Validation
The MSA Phase I (“Proof of Concept”) field component consisted of five equally-distant towers sampling standard meteorological parameters and insolation: three 10-m towers were placed along a north-south axis, west of a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Farm, and two 10-m towers along an east-west axis, situated east of a Solar PV Farm. Along with microscale model improvements, this field design is being used to investigate atmospheric impacts of a large Solar PV Farm.
After a successful 2-month, 24/7 data acquisition, the Phase I data were used to test the process for validating microscale model output. In this paper, we review the overall MSA program, describe the MSA Phase I design and measurements, and present the current results from the microscale model validation assessment process.