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Starting a Project with SolarDesignTool
Starting a Project with SolarDesignTool

Want to get to work on a project but don't know where to start?

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Written by Shawn Kranitz
Updated over a week ago

The Dashboard

When we first login to our account, we'll be able to view our dashboard. Let's think of this page as our homebase. From here, we can view tutorials, schedule a one-on-one demo, start a new project, or browse other projects we've created.

Once we select the Create New Project option, we'll be taken to the New Project page, where we'll be asked to enter in information related to our project. 

Create a New Project

Each project is attached to one address. It cannot be changed once the project is created (if you'd like to change the address, you must create a brand new project). Within each project, you can build multiple systems using different equipment configurations and layouts.

To enter in an address, begin typing the street address in until a drop down menu appears, then select the correct address from the list. Once we have entered in an address, the closest weather data source to your address will automatically be selected.

We also have the the option to Show Additional Project Properties (circled in the image above). When we select this option, the page will expand and there will be spaces to fill in more information.

Additional Project Properties

From this expanded form we can select our AHJ, Utility Company, & Site Conditions. In order to generate a complete permit package at a later step, these project properties must be filled out completely.

Electrical Service & System Owner

Note: The app may automatically derate the main breaker rating if you select a load-side interconnection at a later step to maintain compliance with NEC 705.12(D)(2).

Code Compliance & Installer Information

Project Settings & Site Structure

Site Conditions

Tip: Find out the ground snow load and wind speed for your address here.

Next Steps

Once we have submitted our project information, we will be taken to the Project Page, where you will be able to go on to define an array area with the aerial trace tool or an imported XML model and later build our PV system.

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