Earlier this week, PVComplete released the latest version of its solar CAD software. This upgrade sports a fancy new feature – integrated energy production modeling of solar PV modules using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) System Advisor Model (SAM).
This upgrade provides users with essential knowledge about their systems. The functionality and ease of pulling up this information will be a boon to designers. With the click of a button, essential data such as annual and hourly solar energy production estimates comes straight from the AutoCAD program.
“The ability to get real-time feedback on energy production is hugely valuable,” says Daniel Sherwood, president and co-founder of PVComplete. “I’ll use it, for example, to compare the effects of energy production on an array that is aligned with the building roof vs. an array that is facing due south. Or, I can face my array towards the west, and check the hourly 8760 data from SAM to determine how that might affect a customer’s time-of-use rate. The integration went smoothly with the help of the engineers at NREL, they have been very supportive and they do such great work.”
NREL designed the first public version of SAM almost 10 years ago. The early version allowed solar professionals to analyze solar PV systems. Each year, NREL adds new functions to the program. It benefits solar professionals at all levels. Manufacturers, project developers, academic researchers, and policymakers, and project directors have all downloaded the software. PVComplete has taken SAM off the desk and into the cloud.
tenKsolar’s VP of Marketing, Tim Johnson adds “SAM has been an invaluable tool for modeling the energy output in tenKsolar’s PV system. SAM has proved to be reliable over the years and we have received concurrence from several independent engineers of the accuracy of SAM’s production estimates. We are looking forward to running SAM simulations easily using PVComplete.”