Articles | Volume 15
02 May 2018
 | 02 May 2018

An approach for the estimation of the aggregated photovoltaic power generated in several European countries from meteorological data

Yves-Marie Saint-Drenan, Lucien Wald, Thierry Ranchin, Laurent Dubus, and Alberto Troccoli

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Short summary
Our approach allows estimating the total photovoltaic (PV) power generation in different European countries from meteorological data. It is aimed at being easy to implement since it does not require any plant information or prior knowledge on the installed PV plants.