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SMA Sunny Portal Professional vs. Solytic

Both SMA's Sunny Portal Professional and Solytic are providers for professional PV monitoring of commercial PV systems or system portfolios. A significant difference: SMA is not only specialized in software, but mainly in hardware. After all, SMA is one of the largest inverter manufacturers worldwide. Solytic, however, focuses on software only. According to SMA, the focus of the Sunny Portal Professional is on system capacities up to 2.5 MWp.

Price comparison

SMA has not yet published price information, so that the following compact comparison will be limited to the features.

Feature comparison

Sunny Portal offers a basic set of functions. However, two decisive features simplifying the handling of the software are missing.

Own hardware required
hardware-independent
own hardware required
Portfolio Management
Control room view
Display of a technical string plan or digital twin
Data visualization intervals
1 min onwards
Current & aggregated values
Weather satellite data
Irradiation calculation based on satellite & sensor data
Target-performance comparison
Display of Performance Ratio
in beta
optional
Advanced analysis functions (snow cover, shading, contamination)
planned
planned
Diagrams comparable across plants
Automatic error detection
Error message via email
Interpretation of error images
Self learning error detection (e.g. ML, AI)
planned
planned
Ticketing system
planned
User admin with rights assigned
Number of users with access to the system
unlimited
unlimited
Company
Product
Solytic
Sunny Portal Professional
Own hardware required
Portfolio Management
Control room view
Display of a technical string plan or digital twin
Data visualization intervals
Weather satellite data
Irradiation calculation based on satellite & sensor data
Target-performance comparison
Display of Performance Ratio
Advanced analysis functions (snow cover, shading, contamination)
Diagrams comparable across plants
Automatic error detection
Error message via email
Interpretation of error images
Self learning error detection (e.g. ML, AI)
Ticketing system
User admin with rights assigned
Number of users with access to the system
hardware-independent
1 min onwards
in beta
planned
planned
unlimited
own hardware required
Current & aggregated values
optional
planned
planned
planned
unlimited
SMA data according to PV-Magazine Produktdatenbank Monitoringsysteme, status: November 2018

Conclusion

After taking a closer look, it quickly becomes obvious that the two solutions mainly differ in their transparency over prices. Plus, the SMA Sunny Portal Professional misses two features Solytic provides. 

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