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Validation of the Solarfarmer Software with Operational Data
A. Neubert, M.A. Mikofski, M. Hamer, P. Rainey
PV Array, Software, Modelling / Modeling
PV Systems and Storage – Modelling, Design, Operation and Performance
Subtopic: Design and Installation of PV Systems
Event: 37th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 5CV.4.10
1621 - 1625
ISBN: 3-936338-73-6
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20202020-5CV.4.10
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SolarFarmer is a new photovoltaic (PV) plant design and performance modelling software, developed by DNV GL [1]. Now that SolarFarmer is available to the PV community, we are publishing validation results, using operational data of commercial PV plants. So far, validation has been carried out for 6 sites of which 2 were excluded because there was insufficient site data. Good agreement has been found between actual and modelled production, with mean bias errors (MBE) of 0.4 % and root mean squared errors (RMSE) 13.1 % average for the 4 remaining sites. SolarFarmer validation continues as data from more PV plants become available or changes are made in the software and results will be published on regular basis.