Recent and Planned Enhancements for PVWATTS

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    PVWATTS is an Internet-accessible software program that allows the user to easily calculate the energy production and cost savings for grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems located throughout the United States. Recent enhancements have been made to allow the user to define the system location by the use of zip code or latitude and longitude coordinates, and to receive more detailed performanceinformation by providing a.c. energy production for each hour of the year. Future enhancements under consideration are also discussed. They include more flexibility for the user in defining system losses from soiling and in the conversion from d.c. to a.c. power, an option for international locations, and accounting for PV module shading.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages5
    StatePublished - 2005
    Event2004 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting - Denver, Colorado
    Duration: 25 Oct 200428 Oct 2004


    Conference2004 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting
    CityDenver, Colorado

    Bibliographical note

    Presented at the 2004 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting, 25-28 October 2004, Denver, Colorado. Also included in the proceedings available on CD-ROM (DOE/GO-102005-2067; NREL/CD-520-37140)

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-520-37016


    • AC Power
    • DC power
    • energy production
    • grid-connected systems
    • internet-accessible software program
    • module-shading
    • PV


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