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Which PV*SOL is for me?

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The tables below give a quick overview of the key differences in features between the two PV*SOL programs.

Content PV*SOL premium 2016 PV*SOL
8,000 climate locations worldwide
Interactive map for selection of climate data
Creation of new climate locations by interpolation
Add custom climate from own monthly data
Database > 13,000 modules
Database > 3,100 inverters
Automatic database updates with Software Maintenance Agreements (SMA)
Manually add custom modules and inverters
Grid-connected systems
On-grid battery storage
Languages: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish & Polish
Automatic & manual inverter configuration
Off-grid systems with AC generators  

Design PV*SOL premium 2016 PV*SOL
Design 2D systems up to 100,000 modules per array
Unlimited separate PV arrays
Calculation and losses parameters
Define electricity consumption
Template selection & custom import of consumption load profiles
Proposal of cable sizes  
2D roof visualisation
Specify percentage shading of solar radiation
Customisable 2D horizon
Import digital horizon files
2D polygon roof shapes
PhotoPlan design of roof
Plan module spacing in 2D
Simulate power optimisers  
Automatic DC array cabling  
Design 3D systems up to 5,000 modules  
Physical vertical and horizontal trackers  
Export (*.dxf) to most CAD programs  

Design PV*SOL premium 2016 PV*SOL
3D visualization of buildings and shading objects  
Rotate land area with objects  
Drag-and-drop shading objects  
Animated sun-path  
Shade frequency distribution  
Detailed shade analysis for each individual module  
Rafter and spacing layout  
Map or floor plan import for 3D layout  
Custom textures for terrain  
3D landscape visualisation  
3D polygon buildings  
Copying of object groups including all structures and configurations  
Duplication of objects by specifying number and seperation  

Design PV*SOL premium 2016 PV*SOL
System check for sizing errors
Yield and Rate-of-Return calculations
Exportable system design
Customisable presentation reports for customers
Export hourly results as CSV files
3D screenshots of building & array  

Design PV*SOL premium 2016 PV*SOL
Economic analysis
Customisable load profiles & tariffs
UK adaptation of load profiles & tariffs
Financial calculation includes taxation
Financial calculation includes multiple loans
Exponential or linear degradation
Table of cashflow balances
Net metering