Palau may no longer just rely on the weather forecasting services provided by Hawaii with the help of the Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA), an organization that provides data tool that can analyze energy generation capacity and grid impact of different deployments of wind, solar and wave renewables.

Palau Energy Administration’s (PEA) Energy Specialist Gerald Tulop told Island Times that IEA will be visiting Palau in September this year to do scouting mission to gather local data from government agencies and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) for analysis.

“The data acquired will help develop a software system that can assist us in our national goals of achieving our NDC targets by 2025,” Tulop said.

Through a grant, IEA provides the Renewable Energy Space Analytic Tool (RE-SAT) which is originally designed as a renewable energy analytics platform that allows “planners to simulate energy mixes with varying penetrations of renewable energy sources” but has the capacity to acquire real time data for weather forecast.

“[Through RE-SAT], this office will have access to acquire real time data, meaning, we can see the weather forecast tomorrow with almost 100% accuracy,” Tulop said.

Tulop said that this tool is better than the current weather service in Palau which relies on the data from Hawaii’s weather service.

An island in Spain, according to Tulop, is also using this tool.

Experts from IEA will also conduct a second visit next year, June 2019, to conduct the official training for the RE-SAT project.

“Personnel from National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), Weather Service, Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment, and Tourism (MNRET), Environmental Quality Protection Board(EQPB), Palau Public Utilities Corporation (PPUC), and other relevant agency staff will be trained to utilize this system.  This is a tremendous opportunity that will amplify knowledge of space age technology as well as a tool to be used by each respective agency relevant to their responsibilities,” Tulop said.

The IEA/RE-SAT project will be conducted through the partnership with the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP). (Rhealyn C. Pojas)