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PV*SOL is the 2D solar software design tool for simulating photovoltaic system performance. It is a fully-featured program for those who don't wish to use 3D to model shading and visualise the landscape.

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Shading analysis with 2D modelling

PV*SOL is a simpler version of PV*SOL premium. Compare the two different PV*SOL versions on our comparison page 'Which PV*SOL is for me?'

PV*SOL 2017 summary of features

  • Compare modules, converters and configurations from thousands of database items
  • Design PV systems with no limit on the number of arrays in 2D
  • Climate locations with street-level resolution
  • Graphic 2D and Photographic roof and ground layout
  • 2D shading with digital import from site surveys or online databases
  • Professional and customisable report
  • Visualise detailed energy balance with all stage losses
  • Power clipping to reduce grid export when limited
  • Customisable load profiles with smart meter data import
  • Simulate battery-integrated and off-grid grid systems
  • Export results to other spreadsheet and other formats
  • DC and AC coupled variants
  • Simulation of electric vehicles in combination with PV systems
  • Create detailed schematic diagrams
  • Option to calculate photovoltaic performance to EN 15316-4-6
  • Single and dual axis physically tracking
  • Off-Grid systems design of SMA products
  • Time of day tariffs can be defined
  • Output of yield probabilities (e.g. P90)
  • Program and report language options
  • Results chart overlays

Download a free trial of this solar pv system design software from the link above

2D Graphic Coverage

pvsol graphic coverage

Module layout can be made from a consistent viewpoint perpendicular to the mounting surface. Custom 2D shapes can be created.

Sun path tracking

pvsol sun path tracking

This can be modelled in various orientations including Single North-South axis; Single East-West axis; Single vertical axis of rotation; and Dual axis.

Presentation reports

pvsol report page

PV*SOL enables definition of outputs, costs, performance indicators and CO2 fuel savings for a wide range of variables and optimise solar PV performance.

Client reports and on-screen presentations are fully customisable in MS Word. The summary report produces precise tabular and graphical representations of yields, performance ratio, solar fraction and module temperature. Reports can also be saved as PDFs. A spreadsheet result output is also possible.

You can see the outputs of PV*SOL premium in project report form, either for a domestic or commercial system.

PhotoPlan

PV*SOL includes the PhotoPlan option. With just a photo of the roof and a few reference dimensions, you can create a realistic representation of the property as it would look with installed panels. These can be included in customer reports and offer a useful tool for the design process in deciding where arrays should best be placed.

Mixtures of PV and solar thermal images can be imported, combined with Velux roof windows and multiple roof tile forms and colours.

PhotoPlan PV image

Climate data

PV*SOL comes with Meteosyn climate data software. This comes pre-loaded with thousands of global climate data locations and allows you to add custom climate data into your database as required.

pvsol premium climate data

Financial analysis

Tabular and graphical financial analysis of system performance is possible. Annual cashflow results can exported to a spreadsheet and the program includes Return on Investment, Amortization (payback) and energy subsidies (both fixed and per kWh) with inflation factors.

pvsol net metering pvsol premium financial payback

Roof parameters

Module coverage can be calculated automatically and a roof layout diagram can be included in the project report. It is also possible to design mounted (framed) modules to face any direction. An 'optimum row distances' dialogue assists with the spacing of mounted arrays.

PV*SOL Pro 4.0 screenshot