2. Create Design

A Design contains the physical layout of a solar array, including the detailed module layout, orientation, roof shape, and surrounding obstructions. It also includes the electrical design, including wires and inverters. 

Click on the blue “New” button to create a new Design. A Project can have multiple Designs. Often these multiple designs are used to compare design alternatives.  Use cloning to create multiple Designs for detailed engineering analysis and comparison (e.g. ground coverage ratio, tilt, conductor size, etc.). 

Each design has a short overview with a bill of materials including the module quantity, wire quantity, string type, combiner boxes, and inverters

A Design requires both a  Mechanical layout and an Electrical layout to generate a report. They can be selected in the top left corner of the designer.

Next Step: Mechanical Layout