In the effort to streamline solar project design while reducing the cost of PV deployment, PanelClaw, a commercial roof top solar mounting manufacturer, and PVComplete, a solar design software provider, have entered into a partnership to collaborate on design solutions that accelerate the design of commercial solar power systems.
“PVComplete’s solution is tremendously beneficial for PanelClaw customers, enabling them to create solar array layouts quickly and efficiently, reducing project development time,” said Costa Nicolau, CEO of PanelClaw. “Thanks to PVComplete’s innovative software, PV project designers can easily compare different array layouts and quickly choose the optimal project design.”
By integrating PanelClaw’s product specifications in its software, PVComplete facilitates system designs that automatically match PanelClaw geometry thereby eliminating the potential for errors while saving valuable development time. Using PVComplete, solar developers can provide PanelClaw with a CAD file that drops seamlessly into PanelClaw’s design flow substantially reducing time consuming design iterations.
“For the first time, solar designers have the ability to ‘self-serve’, choosing modules and racking without consulting manufacturer spec sheets or maintaining a CAD ‘block library.’” PVComplete CEO Claudia Eyzaguirre. PVComplete empowers PanelClaw customers to rapidly generate geometrically accurate array layouts thus eliminating the need to consult with or outsource this design step to PanelClaw early in the project development process.”
PVComplete is a step change innovation for solar project design. While the solar industry has grown, design methods have not changed much in a decade. With PVComplete, project designers can go beyond designing to code and make sophisticated design choices that increase project energy output and lower project costs. Each design choice can be quantified through the energy production model available with the click of a button. Project costs can be estimated with greater accuracy through the generation of automatic bill of materials with detailed information on modules, inverters, attachments and cabling down to the inch. The software performs all the electrical calculations necessary for solar project design, reducing the need for cumbersome spreadsheets and scrap paper calculations. The automated wire stringing algorithm does in 60 seconds what otherwise takes an afternoon.
— Solar Builder magazine