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Design and simulate in 2D with PV*SOL premium

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 2024 summary of features

  • 64 bit in 2D for much faster processing
  • 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 map resolution
  • Graphic 2D and Photographic roof and ground layout
  • 2D shading with digital terrain import from site surveys or PVGIS 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
  • Simulation of bifacial modules for frame-mounted PV systems
  • Export results to PDF, Word and CSV, line-drawings as DXF/SVG
  • DC, hybrid and AC coupled battery variants
  • Simulation of electric vehicles in combination with PV systems
  • Create detailed schematic diagrams with optional safety devices
  • Option to calculate photovoltaic performance of full feed-in to EN 15316-4-6
  • Single and dual axis physically tracking
  • Off-Grid systems
  • Time of day tariffs can be defined
  • Output of yield probabilities for full feed-in (e.g. P90)
  • Subdivide strings to create Polystrings
  • Automatic configuration for SolarEdge products and other Optimisers
  • Choice diffuse modelling options
  • Dimensioning to energy losses of all AC and DC cabling
  • Program and report language options
  • Results chart overlays
  • Share custom databases with colleagues online
  • Exportable Parts List with auto list of key design items
  • Online database and itemised parts list
  • Simulation of appliances with surplus PV energy consumption
  • Integration of DHW and space heating with a thermal profile
  • Import of sub-year load profiles
  • Bundled climate files using Meteonorm V8.2 to 2020, PVGIS and Solcast climate files
  • Direct import of PAN, OND files & PVGIS horizon terrains
  • Any number of battery systems, create groups and parameterize them independently of each other
  • DC-coupled battery systems freely assigned to the respective PV inverter
  • Time-controlled charging and discharging for each group of battery systems
  • E-car charging station with automatic phase switching

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** All screenshots on this page are also for PV*SOL Premium 3D version **

2D Graphic Coverage

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

Sun path tracking

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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

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. on-screen languages: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish & Polish

Report language options include: Arabic, Bulgarian, Cestina, Chinese, Dansk, Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais, Hrvatska, Italiano, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk, Polski, Portugues, Romanian, Russian, Shqipe, Slovensky, Svenska, Turk, Bengali.

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


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.

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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.

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Terrain import

PV*SOL gives direct terrain profile import via map selection as 2D shading.

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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. Time of Day (Time of Use) to each hour can be described.

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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.

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Energy Flow diagram

The principle annual energy flow totals can be visualised on a single diagram. This can help explain complex situations.

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Electric Car Option

The electric car option means it is easier to define a movable battery. It is also possible to combine this option with a static battery.

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Grid-connected batteries

Choose between AC-coupled, DC-coupled and hybrid with over 10 battery construction types.

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Thermal design

Design in heat pumps and resistance water heaters.

PV*SOL 2021 screenshot