Things You May Have Missed
We've put together a list of the top things users miss that can help you get the most out of HelioScope:
- Live Chat - At the bottom right of every page on HelioScope are two buttons. The chat icon in the bottom left corner will pull up a chat conversation with one of our support techs. At the time of this writing our median response time is 8 seconds, so feel free to ask us anything and know that you'll get a quick answer!
- Automatically Set Module Orientation - You can quickly align modules with the edge of the roof just by right-clicking on the edge of a field segment. Read more about quickly setting module azimuth here.
- Shifting Modules Around - HelioScope automatically lays out modules to save time, but you can adjust where the module layout starts from by setting an alignment point. This is especially useful for trying to maximize a roof and you're avoiding obstructions. Learn how to shift modules within a field segment here.
- Orbit in 3D - Viewing the design in 3D can help spot design issues and prevent inaccurate modeling. Learn how to quickly check your designs by rotating your view in 3D here.
- Excel Tools - HelioScope models every hour of the year and outputs a full 8760 file when you click the CSV button at the top of the report. But did you know that we also have Excel spreadsheets that give you powerful ways to interpret that data? The output format for the CSV is always the same so you can just drop new reports into these models and see the results. You can even build your own models. Check out our set of Excel models to get started
- Shade Report - Approved by rebate authorities across the country, HelioScope shade reports give you all the metrics you would expect from an on-site shade measuring tool, from the comfort of home. You can learn more about our shade report here as well as how to estimate the height of objects from remote here.
- SLD Export - HelioScope generates a electrical single line diagram whenever you do a design. You can customize the SLD by exporting a .DXF file and finalizing in CAD
- External Integrations - The workday doesn't end when you sign out of HelioScope, which is why we've built integrations with other software tools in the solar industry. You can export your designs to Unirac U-Builder to get engineering reports and ballast calculations. Additionally, you can export your production data to Energy Toolbase to get financial analysis, energy storage modeling, and custom proposals.
- Imagery Integrations - HelioScope has a direct integration with three different mapping providers; Google (free), Bing (free), Nearmap (paid). You can learn how to quickly switch between mapping providers here. In addition, you can bring in imagery from Pictometry or upload your own imagery via overlays. If you need help creating KMZ files, this link explains how to create and upload KMZ files from a drone or other mapping provider.
- Troubleshooting the Loss Table - The HelioScope production report contains a lot of information and it can sometimes be a little intimidating. But mastering the losses table can lead to improved system performance. Learn more about typical system losses here.
- Voltage Drop Calculations - You can quickly see voltage drop calculations for any size conductor while designing in HelioScope.
- Setting Defaults - If you know the modules and inverters you typically use, why not set them as your favorites so you don't have to search for them on each design? If you want to go a step further, you can set up your own Project Profile that will set the defaults for your Field Segments, Electrical, and Condition Sets.
- Quick Design Revisions - Cloning designs is the fastest way to evaluate multiple design alternatives. HelioScope's design cloning feature lets you duplicate your work without ever leaving the designer. You can learn more about design cloning options here
- The Magic Shift Key - Getting things square can be the difference between an accurate proposal and the hard work of a change order. Thankfully, HelioScope has a keyboard shortcut to force designs into 90-degree angles.
- Object Stacking - What happens when a Keepout or a Field Segment is placed on top of another Field Segment? The answer is, it depends! Fortunately, we've detailed the interaction of how objects stack in HelioScope here.