Comparison of Photovoltaic Models in the System Advisor Model: Preprint

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The System Advisor Model (SAM) is free software developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for predicting the performance of renewable energy systems and analyzing the financial feasibility of residential, commercial, and utility-scale grid-connected projects. SAM offers several options for predicting the performance of photovoltaic (PV) systems. The model requires that theanalyst choose from three PV system models, and depending on that choice, possibly choose from three module and two inverter component models. To obtain meaningful results from SAM, the analyst must be aware of the differences between the model options and their applicability to different modeling scenarios. This paper presents an overview the different PV model options and presents a comparisonof results for a 200-kW system using different model options.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2013
EventSolar 2013 - Baltimore, Maryland
Duration: 16 Apr 201320 Apr 2013


ConferenceSolar 2013
CityBaltimore, Maryland

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A20-58057


  • model
  • photovoltaic
  • PV
  • SAM
  • System Advisor Model (SAM)


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