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Photovoltaic Prediction Software: Evaluation with Real Data from Northern Spain
Prediction of energy production is crucial for the design and installation of PV plants. In this study, five free and commercial software tools to predict photovoltaic energy production are evaluated: RETScreen, Solar Advisor Model (SAM), PVGIS, PVSyst, and PV*SOL. The evaluation involves a comparison of monthly and annually predicted data on energy supplied to the national grid with real field data collected from three real PV plants. All the systems, located in Castile and Leon (Spain), havedoi:10.3390/app11115025 fatcat:rcqbqk7o25bdvpp4rpi5lwxski