Condition Sets

A Condition Set describes the environment around the modeled solar array.  A Condition Set includes a number of assumptions around the specific weather conditions, shading patterns, and soiling losses.  In many cases, the default values are appropriate, though they can always be modified.  


A. Nearby weather stations are shown on map around project location

B. Weather stations are sorted by distance from Project.  The source of each file (TMY3, EPW, Prospector) is shown in parenthesis

C. Use radio button to select the desired weather file.  The default choice will be the closest weather file, but that can be modified.


If the Project has shading, choose the relevant Horizon Profile to be included in the Condition Set. Note: the Horizon Profile must have first been uploaded before a it can be added to a Condition Set.

Example of Horizon file format accepted: dtmh_31_-110.hor


Soiling losses are reductions in the irradiance that reaches the module, taken at the surface of the module. Confirm the assumptions, or modify monthly soiling factors.

Cell temperature model:  

HelioScope supports both the Sandia Labs Temperature Model, as well as the Linear Diffusion model (used by PVsyst).  For either model, Click “Edit Model Coefficients” to view and modify the temperature coefficients.


There are three drivers of mismatch, each of which creates a random distribution between modules in the array: 
A. Difference in POA irradiance (normally distributed)
B. Temperature differences (uniform distribution)
C. Module manufacturing tolerance (uniform distribution).  Note that this parameter has two inputs, to account for positive-tolerance module binning.   


The Design defines the specific module SKU used, but if a module has multiple PAN files, these are configured as part of the Condition Set.  From this page, you can manage the characterizations used for each module or inverter. 
A. The window will show the full list of components used on any Design in the existing Project.  
B. If a custom PAN file has been loaded, or if multiple PAN files are available, then they are configurable via the drop-down menu.  
C. Where possible, the source of the PAN file is indicated.  


A. Choose the transposition model (the mathematics used to convert diffuse light to plane-of-array irradiance). Perez can generally be used with high-quality weather files, while the Hay model is better used with lower-quality weather files.  
B. Choose the location that is used for calculating solar angles (either the location of the weather file, or the project latitude and longitude).  

AC Losses:

If a detailed AC System is not defined in the Electrical Design, HelioScope will apply a Derate Factor to compensate for AC System losses. The Derate Factor can be modified in the Condition Set. 
Note: when using micro-inverters, AC conductors are automatically modeled and their losses are calculated.