The first CAD for Solar

With PVCAD, designers get both CAD and solar design tools in one. (Photo: iStock)
With PVCAD, designers get both CAD and solar design tools in one. (Photo: iStock)

PVComplete, an Oakland based solar design-software provider, introduces PVCAD, the first and - according to the company - only CAD for solar. Powered by Autodesk technology, PVCAD rapidly accelerates solar project design and deployment.  Solar designers, drafters and engineers use PVCAD to create comprehensive project designs for ground-mounted, rooftop, carport and sloped roof solar projects. For a monthly subscription, designers leverage all the benefits of AutoCAD, plus PVComplete’s layout, energy modeling, electrical diagrams, and equipment library.

Permit and construction plan sets are a necessity in the solar industry, so commercial design teams use CAD.  Now with PVCAD, designers get both CAD and solar design tools in one. “Our strongest partners utilize PVCAD in the design process,” said Chad Buccine of GreenLancer, a leading provider of solar permit services.  “PVCAD automates and error-proofs so much of the permit set.  So not only are projects completed faster but with fewer errors as well.”

“Every solar permit set relies on CAD, especially for bigger projects,” said PVComplete CEO Claudia Eyzaguirre. “The solar industry has needed its own PV CAD software for a while, and now it’s here.  We’re so pleased we can offer designers  – whether a local solar installer, an engineering firm or a national company –  the best in design automation and accuracy.”

PVComplete delivers significant innovations in solar project design.  With PVCAD software, designers can easily compare and contrast different array layouts for their various projects – and choose from a rapidly growing library of mounting systems to implement the optimal design. Each design choice can be quantified through a built-in energy production model, and project costs can be estimated with accuracy through the generation of automatic bill of materials. According to the company, the automated wire stringing algorithm does in 60 seconds what otherwise takes an afternoon. In addition, PVCAD performs all the electrical calculations necessary for solar project design and generates electrical single line drawings, reducing the need for cumbersome spreadsheets and scrap paper calculations. 

Volker Buddensiek / PVComplete

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