PV System Design and Engineering

Aurora’s responsive engineering interface is tailor-made for solar designers.

Interactive design

Drag and drop modules, inverters, and BOS components in an integrated CAD environment. Aurora gives you real-time feedback on component placement and electrical configurations.

Designing in a 3D environment means that what you see is what you get. Aurora seamlessly converts 3D measurements into 2D plans, ensuring that your designs will match physical installations.

 

Powerful convenience

Automatically fill roof surfaces with pre-strung modules, inverters, and BOS components. Modify individual module placement, wiring, and connections by simply clicking and dragging. Visually design ground mounts, dual- and compound-tilt systems.

 

Automatic system design

Looking to generate the most cost-effective system? Maximize bill savings? Aurora uses bleeding-edge algorithms and runs through thousands of combinations to help you generate the best site designs instantly.

 

Extensive component library

Select modules and inverters from a library. Aurora’s database is constantly updated with the latest products, including smart modules. You can also customize and add your own combiner boxes, disconnects, load centers, and more.

 

Perform NEC validation

Aurora’s engine performs hundreds of checks on your system for NEC compliance. Understand which calculations are made with breakdowns and formulas for string sizing, inverter power, fire-code setback violations and more.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I design a solar power system?

The majority of today’s solar installations are designed using some sort of solar software. In many scenarios, solar power systems are designed to annually produce about the same amount of electricity that is consumed on the property each year. There are many factors that influence solar power system design including the number of sunlight hours available and whether or not there is shade on the property.

When you create a site design in Aurora Solar, you can easily populate a 3D roof model with solar panels and calculate the annual electricity production of a proposed solar power system. Once the location of the panels and inverter have been determined, wiring, conduit, and other components can be designed around the major parts.

What software is used for solar system design?

Many companies offer solar system design software with different capabilities. While there are a few standalone solar system design platforms available, most developers prefer all-in-one software that can help with everything from load profiling and proposal generation.

Aurora Solar offers a free product tour where you can see an overview of the software for creating 3-D roof models, designing solar energy systems, calculating electricity production, identifying project payback periods, and more.

How do I know how many solar batteries I need?

The number of solar batteries you need for an installation depends on what kind of system you will be installing. If you are going to install a fully off-grid system for independent power production and use, then you’ll need a lot more storage capacity than if your array of solar batteries is going to be used only as an emergency backup.

As our guide to solar energy storage explains, the majority of home solar batteries are installed either to provide backup power during grid outages or for smart load-shifting to help navigate costly time-of-use rates.

What is the best solar inverter for home?

While there are many great brand-name solar inverters on the market today, the solar industry is simply too individually site-specific to crown any device as the absolute best solar inverter for home installations.

After first finding the right size solar inverter to meet the system requirements, the best piece of equipment for the job depends on local availability and/or shipping costs, brand reputation, price, and product warranty periods. Residentially, microinverters are also gaining popularity among many rooftop solar installers.