The term “solar design software” can refer to any set of digital tools that helps plan and design a solar energy system installation. Today, most solar design software is used to simulate the real power potential of a custom-engineered system installed on an accurate model of a property’s area, buildings, trees, and other features.
Beyond technical energy production models, high-quality solar design software is also used for many other aspects of the installation process. This includes, but is not limited to, solar software must-haves like irradiance shading, local utility information, spending predictions, and system costs estimates, as well as financing features and prequalification tools.
From Google’s Project Sunroof to AutoCAD, there are dozens of options for planning a solar installation. In today’s continuously growing solar industry, most installers prefer all-in-one, specifically engineered solar panel software that takes every variable into account when planning the installation.
For years, Aurora has been the preferred solar sales & design software among independent PV companies in the United States. While there are many different options today, few platforms are able to cover the whole solar process from sales, to design and financing. Aurora Solar combines technical, NREL-validated accuracy in solar design with the ease of use, speed, and customer service required to run a highly efficient sales team.
Solar cell simulation, also known as PV simulation or energy performance simulation, is used to predict the actual amount of energy a proposed solar panel system will generate. By using a full energy performance simulation, based on the system’s components and local sunlight data, it’s possible to predict the monthly production of a solar installation.
In a true solar cell simulation, the energy predictions take into account real data from the ratings of the PV panels, inverters, wiring, and more. Solar cell simulations are run not only to predict solar power potential but also to identify areas where system loss may occur.