The design and simulation software for photovoltaic systems

PV*SOL premium is a dynamic simulation program with 3D visualization and detailed shading analysis for the calculation of photovoltaic systems in combination with appliances, battery systems and electric vehicles.

PV*SOL premium

 

With PV*SOL premium, the industry standard for photovoltaic design programs, you can design and simulate all types of modern PV systems. From the small rooftop system with a few modules to medium-sized systems on commercial roofs to large solar parks - PV*SOL premium supports you with numerous tools for design and simulation.

The unique 3D visualization is the highlight of PV*SOL premium. You can visualize all common types of systems in 3D, whether roof-integrated or roof-mounted, whether on small angled roofs, large industrial halls or open spaces - with up to 7,500 mounted modules or up to 10,000 roof-parallel modules, and calculate the shading based on 3D objects. This enables you to achieve the highest reliability for your earnings forecast - because for an accurate income calculation, a realistic representation of the shading from surrounding objects is essential.

All other design types from PV*SOL are of course also available to you in PV*SOL premium. Choose the type of design that best suits you and your PV project! The detailed results provide information about the performance of your system at all times.

Whether calculating self-consumption, designing battery storage or integrating electric vehicles - with PV*SOL you can implement and present all customer wishes in no time at all.

You can use our extensive product database at any time. It currently includes over 21,900 PV modules, 5,500 inverters, 2,600 battery systems and many other products such as electric vehicles and performance optimizers.

It is updated regularly by the product manufacturers themselves, so that you can always work with the latest data.

You can generate high-quality project reports for your customers that can be configured and edited as required. Circuit diagrams with the necessary safety devices can also be created, e.g. for submission to the relevant authorities.

The current feed-in tariffs are already available in our database for the calculation of economic efficiency. Supplemented with the information on the system costs, you will receive a detailed and meaningful economic analysis of the system over 20 years. In a few minutes you will receive an initial offer that you can refine afterwards if the customer is interested.

Our technical support team and our online help support you with open questions, and in our forum you can put more complex questions to our team and other users of PV*SOL premium and quickly receive an answer.

Would you like to try out whether PV*SOL premium fits your design process? Download the free trial version now and get an impression of the program functionalities!

 

Product highlights

More program details

Import of 3D models

3D models of different file formats can be imported to enter object data. This adds another important tool to the existing option of reading floor plans, cadastral maps and screenshots from web-based satellite maps (e.g. Google Earth) directly into the 3D visualization.

Module assignment in 3D view

The roof areas are covered with the maximum possible number of modules automatically, or manually by tracing the areas to be covered by PV. If required, PV*SOL premium can show you the annual radiation reduction (direct and diffuse radiation) for every point of the PV area and for each module.

Polymorphic interconnection in combination with optimizers

Flexibility has been significantly increased when interconnecting the modules that are automatically placed on an object. The new option of polystring interconnection means that completely different strings can be connected in parallel or in series to an MPP tracker. Even different modules in one string, e.g. defective modules that are no longer available, can be replaced with similar ones.

Optimization of the module interconnection

You decide whether you want to connect several module areas to one inverter or choose a separate inverter for each module area, or combine both. The current status of the system check is displayed in the configuration window at all times. The automatic interconnection has been fundamentally improved; in addition, interconnections can be suggested for SolarEdge products.

 
Current online databases

In our extensive product databases you can currently find data records of over 21,900 PV modules, 5,500 inverters, 2,600 battery systems and many other products such as electric vehicles and performance optimizers, which are updated by the respective manufacturers. With our online databases, you can easily make your own products available to others.

Detailed project report

Create comprehensive project reports with simulation results and technical details in 23 languages and export them as Word or PDF documents. For a professional appearance, you can add your company logo to the title page and specify which content should be shown in the report.

Grid-connected systems with battery storage

Degign your own battery storage system by selecting the batteries used and defining the battery inverter and charging strategy. Alternatively, you can charge battery systems from leading manufacturers.

Electric vehicles

Select one or more electric vehicles that are simulated in combination with the photovoltaic system. By entering the daily mileage and the downtimes, PV*SOL calculates how much PV energy can be used to charge the electric vehicles.

 
Summary of results

The detailed results overview contains representations of the simulation results, the results of cost-effectiveness and a detailed tabular energy balance with all the gains and losses that occur. Carpetplots immediately provide you with an annual overview of individual results.

Circuit diagram

PV*SOL supports your system design with a freely configurable circuit diagram. Both the string cable losses and the AC and DC cable losses per inverter can be determined. Numerous safety devices such as fuses, switch disconnectors and surge protection can be easily added.

Thermal System

Use your solar energy to support the boiler in the thermal system as heating supply using a heating rod or a simplified model of a air-water heatpump.

Other features

Choose which models you want to use for diffuse radiation and radiation on the inclined surface. The U-I and U-P characteristics for each time step can be produced when required. Exchange your user ID to share self-created products within your company.

Licensing and pricing

 

System requirements and release notes

System requirements

PV*SOL premium
  • Internet connection
  • Processor: Intel i3 or higher
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Hard disk memory: 850 MB
  • Resolution display: mind. 1.024 x 768 Pixel
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (latest service packs required), Windows 11
  • Graphics: DirectX compatible (at least Version 9.0c), 2 GB, OpenGL
  • Others: Microsoft .Net Framework 4.7.2 Redistributable Package

You can download our free trial version and test whether PV*SOL can be run on your computer!

Release Notes

August 10th, 2022PV*SOL premium 2022 Release 7

The following new features and changes are included:

  • New project report language Romanian.
  • Improved results of automatic configuration, for jointly interconnected module areas.
  • Formatting of module area data in the project report has been adjusted.
  • Diagram "Coverage of total consumption" for DC batteries has been revised.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Fixed GUI freeze when creating new climate datasets if PVGIS server is not responding.
  • Correction of PVGIS datasets for southern Brazil with SARAH as source.
  • Corrected climate data name for Kaliakra (Bulgaria).
  • Possible problems at first program start in interaction with virus scanners.
  • Battery system: Rare error when determining the charging power for boost/full/equal charges fixed.
June 27th, 2022PV*SOL premium 2022 Release 6

The following new features and changes are included:

  • New configuration rules for SolarEdge.
  • New project report languages Georgian.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Crash at first program start after installation in correlation with virus scanners.
  • In some rare cases, an operating system language not localized by PV*SOL was incorrectly set as the program language, resulting in many "XXX" texts in the program interface.
  • Incorrect link to license agreement for map provider "Denmark".
  • Crash if an invalid presentation template was imported.
  • Error in the automatic SolarEdge configuration.
May 9th, 2022PV*SOL premium 2022 Release 5

The following new features and changes are included:

  • For some regions new map material is now available for Google Satellite.
  • New configuration rules for SolarEdge.
  • Grid feed in the first year with degradation is now also persisted.
  • Maintenance end is uniquely formatted and can be copied.
  • New project report languages Slovenian and Ukrainian.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • 3D:
    • Bugfix for corrupt projects due to assembly system reference edges.
    • Bugfixes for shading calculation in 3D models (drone models, attic problem and others).
    • Combined configurations with multiple module surfaces and multiple inverters are no longer merged if only one module surface was configured per inverter.
  • Simulation:
    • DC charge controller: The power requested by the battery plus the available PV power must not be higher than the maximum inverter power.
    • MPP tracker: If the maximum DC current was exceeded, it could be that the new operating point was far below I_DC,Max due to voltage limits.
    • Heating rod: With stepless control, the correct maximum power was not calculated under certain circumstances.
  • Crash with overview plans with unfavorable aspect ratios.
  • Crash when loading the project list of the recent used projects.
  • When changing the climate location (country), the feed-in concept was sometimes incorrectly set to "Full feed-in".
  • Error when importing consumption profiles if only one month was loaded, e.g. January.
  • Bugfix for climate locations on the Isle of Man.
  • Error when opening the 3D map import window.
  • Bugfix when opening the consumption dialog.
  • Translation corrections (Italian, Czech, Portuguese).
January 20th, 2022PV*SOL premium 2022 Release 4

The following new features and changes are included:

  • New map provider for South Tyrol in the 3D map import.
  • In the tariff database, the current tariffs are now displayed first by default.
  • Inverter AC currents are now also logged and can be displayed as a characteristic curve.
  • High DPI scaling detection has been improved.
  • Improvement of the validation of PAN files.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Crash in the unbalanced load check with "Project New".
  • AC grid voltage is now always rounded to a integer.
  • Problems with the Danish map provider in 3D.
December 15th, 2021PV*SOL premium 2022 Release 3

The following new features and changes are included:

  • Automatic configuration with SolarEdge now with selection of Power Optimizers and layout (1x1 or 1x2).
  • 3D planning: overview plan with all roof areas, modules and restricted areas.
  • Quick access to recently used but not yet opened projects in PV*SOL on the welcome page.
  • Revision of the "Add diagram to presentation" dialog.
  • Labeling of diagrams in the diagram editor is editable.
  • Current and voltage tolerance in configuration set to 5% by default.
  • Revision of the user interface of the automatic configuration.
  • Automatic configuration: strings are arranged by module area.
  • Offgrid check: If technically possible, the system can be simulated even if the SMA-specific design rules are not fulfilled.
  • Offgrid systems: load shedding is enabled by default.
  • For projects with consumption, the electricity production costs now take also into account the maximum feed-in power.
  • Validation for PAN file import extended.
  • Improved memory management when using 3D map import.
  • Continue button in the error dialog of the 3D environment available again.
  • Revision of the HighDPI settings check.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • 3D visualization:
    • When changing the "Roof pitch left", the associated configuration and cable diagrams as well as the results of the shade frequency distribution are now also deleted.
    • In some cases, the inverter configuration was duplicated when combined module areas were configured together.
    • Problems when replacing modules if they already exist in the list of reference modules.
    • When changing the tilt or reference edge of extruded buildings, all superstructures are now deleted to avoid corrupt assignment of the reference edge.
    • Crashes when entering restricted areas.
    • Crashes when transferring textures or correcting distortions of extruded polygons.
    • The option “Correct distorted display” now only appears if working with map import.
    • Crash when moving, canceling positioning and then deleting individual module rows.
    • Bug fix for collision.
    • Correct resetting of expand cursor after use.
    • Automatic cabling of plants with poly-string is now no longer possible.
    • Crashes when loading textures that are too large.
    • When deleting sub-strings of a configuration the cables are now deleted correctly.
    • Crashes on camera move.
    • Crash in 3D map import when the search field is empty.
  • Crash on 3D visualization page when preview image became too small.
  • Crash when characteristic curves were deactivated in the project options.
  • Crash when characteristic curves were deactivated in the project options.
  • When automatically configuring multiple module ares that were combined using the "configure together" option, the number of inverters is now also correctly displayed in the list if the configuration suggestion included multiple inverter groups.
  • Projects with electric vehicles from versions prior to PV*SOL 2020.1 could not be loaded if "DC Chademo" charging technology was used.
  • Crashes in the consumption dialogs.
  • Various crashes in the project report.
  • Favorites of self-created products are no longer removed at the next program start.
  • Fix for changing the product type when the node "All companies" is selected in the database dialog.
  • Crash in the characteristic curves if the global radiation was not recorded due to too many module areas.
  • Display of configuration message corrected if minimum MPP voltage is not reached.
  • In the database dialog it is again possible to navigate in the company list by entering the first letters.
  • Automatic configuration of multiple module areas no longer provides redundant suggestions.
  • Fix in hemisphere-spanning horizon lines on the southern hemisphere.
  • In some cases, the circuit symbols were doubled in the circuit diagram.
November 16th, 2021PV*SOL premium 2022 Release 2

The following new features and changes are included:

  • Warnings about SolarEdge MPP configuration are now also displayed in the system check.
  • Project comparison - header columns are now fixed.
  • Labels for the diagrams can now be assigned.
  • In the dialog for further project images, there is now an "Another Picture" button.
  • Separation line between self-added project images.
  • Improvement of the determination of the display scaling factor.
  • Existing Solcast accounts can now be used.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Correction in the calculation of characteristic curves of horizontally lying half-cell modules.
  • Erroneous page break in the cash flow table in the PDF export if there were many rows/entries.
  • Error when loading the characteristic curve diagrams.
  • Crash and empty data series in the characteristic curve diagrams.
  • Crash when loading project images.
  • Crash on 3D visualization page when the preview image was very wide and narrow.
  • SolarEdge configuration were not found when the number of modules was large.
  • For SolarEdge configurations module area ComboBoxes were sometimes not displayed correctly in the circuit diagram if several partial configurations were configured over several module areas.
  • Crash when exporting the presentation.
  • Crash at program start if Wow process was not completed within 10 seconds.
  • Crash in the configuration window if module surfaces were renamed.
  • Crash when determining diffuse shading levels in 3D.
  • Partial crash when loading the “Thermal System” page.
  • Individual appliances check corrected for setting "all days".
November 02nd, 2021PV*SOL premium 2022 Release 1

The following new features and changes are included:

  • 64 bit:
    • The main process is now available in 64bit.
    • The 3D environment is now a standalone 32bit process.
  • New climate data:
    • PVGIS
    • Solcast
    • Meteonorm 8.1
  • Horizon:
    • Import of PVGIS horizon lines.
    • Display of cross-hemisphere sun position lines improved.
  • Import of module files in *.PAN file format.
  • 3D map import:
    • New providers for maps: Switzerland, Tyrol, Vienna, Webatlas for Germany.
    • Rotation of the map in 1° steps.
    • Continuous rotation by holding down the mouse button.
    • Automated detection of display scaling settings that can lead to wrong map scale.
  • Automatic configuration:
    • Automatic configuration of SolarEdge products.
    • Improved results for co-located module areas.
    • Revision of the dialog.
  • Presentation:
    • Start of Operation date can be deselected.
    • Own pictures can be added to the presentation.
    • Diagram of the defined demand is now available in the presentation.
    • Any diagrams (time series, carpet plots and characteristic curves) from the diagram editor can be added to the presentation.
    • Better support of international character sets when generating pdf files.
    • Display of power optimizer data sheets.
    • Adjustment of product data sheets.
    • Creation of presentation can be cancelled.
    • New language Bengali.
  • Support of layers in *.dxf export.
  • Database:
    • Sorting by "Selection", "Favorites" and "Suitable" is now possible.
    • In the manufacturer tree view can be navigated by keyboard input.
    • Consistency of the manufacturer selection marker improved.
  • Display of decimal places revised.
  • Module area results extended by irradiation with reflection losses.
  • Improved display and usability of string and dimension plans.
  • Dialog for reporting program malfunctions.
August 10th, 2021PV*SOL premium 2021 Release 8

The following new features and changes are included:

  • Up-to-date offline database.
  • Autosave files now contain machine name hash to avoid OneDrive conflicts.
  • Improved saving of *.ini files for use with OneDrive or Dropbox shared folders.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • 3D:
    • Problems when loading project files from older program versions.
    • Tilted modules that were oriented differently on a flat roof were recognized as a single module surface with the same orientation.
  • Excessive mismatch losses in the energy balance when using DC generator coupled battery storages on inverters whose number was greater than one.
  • Error in the calculation of savings when using a from-grid tariff with tariff zones.
  • Bugfix for saving and loading projects with power optimizers in different versions.
  • Error in the translations.
July 15th, 2021PV*SOL premium 2021 Release 7

The following new features and changes are included:

  • 3D: When creating a mounting system, the reference edge for the alignment of the rack can now be freely selected.
  • Project files created, edited and saved with PV*SOL premium 2021 R7 cannot be opened in older program versions. This also applies to program versions of PV*SOL premium 2021 R1 to R6.
  • More sub-results are now shown in the results per module area.
  • MeteoSyn:
    • Import dialog now accepts all valid file extensions by default.
    • Kosovo is now available in the country selection.
  • Combination of tracking and bifacial modules is also allowed for tilt angles smaller than 10°.
  • Improved memory usage when creating simulation results.
  • Messages regarding the Software Maintenance have been revised.
  • Translations revised.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Photo Plan video help was not available.
  • When switching from polystring to non-polystring configurations, module area results were not displayed under certain circumstances.
  • Bug in simulation of half-cell modules at very low irradiance values.
  • Bug when synchronizing autosave files via OneDrive.
  • Crash when saving project report ini file on shared access via OneDrive.
  • Correction in names of Colombian load profiles.
  • Problems when project file extension was capitalized "PVPRJ".
  • In some cases there were problems with the MPP tracking algorithm.
  • Meteosyn:
    • Error when importing climate data from Serbia.
    • Correction of time zone for some climate locations (mainly from New Zealand, Canada, China, Mexico).
    • Problems with postal code search.
  • Crash in battery database when all batteries of a manufacturer are set to not available.
  • Crash in the network client of the license management.
  • Text of RSS feeds no longer extends the simulation window.
  • For out-of-sync climate data, no warning message was displayed for the 1 minute synthesis.
May 19th, 2021PV*SOL premium 2021 Release 6

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • When using half-cell modules in combination with shading, it sometimes happened that the simulation was not carried out.
May 5th, 2021PV*SOL premium 2021 Release 5

The following new features and changes are included:

  • For projects with an imported load profile, the load profile is now automatically saved to the database and you can adjust the annual consumption.
  • When importing load profiles of a complete year, the start date can now be specified.
  • New load profiles for Colombia.
  • Display of PV module efficiency in the database overview.
  • SolarEdge configuration rules updated.
  • 3D:
    • Display of half-cell modules improved.
    • Path for export of screenshots is now by default the path of the loaded project.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Program language Czech: country names in tariffs were not translated.
  • Correct configuration of different module areas was incorrectly classified as faulty.
  • Crash in simulation due to empty strings or sub-strings in the configuration.
  • Crash in configuration for inverters with multiple MPP trackers and certain power optimizer configurations.
  • Crash in load profiles for net metering due to empty cells.
  • Problem with missing Meteosyn directory when Windows is not installed on drive C:\.
  • Error in calculation of solar gains for thermal systems.
  • Error in the calculation of the characteristics of half-cell modules.
  • Power optimizer: maximum MPP voltage raised to 1000 V.
  • Checkbox "Can be connected to third-party inverter" in database dialog for power optimizer was without function.
  • MPP adjustment losses are set to 0 only if all strings at one MPP have a power optimizer.
  • Logging of MPP voltages when using module inverters corrected.
  • Update window no longer disappear in the background.
  • 3D:
    • Fixed several collision errors that unnecessarily prevented or incorrectly allowed objects to be moved or edited.
    • Bug in the 3D map tool that prevented maps from loading when a very restrictive proxy server is used in the network.
February 24th, 2021PV*SOL premium 2021 Release 4

The following new features and changes are included:

  • Greek as project report language.
  • SVG export for string and dimension plans.
  • SolarEdge wiring rules updated.
  • Heat pump and heating rod added to the parts list.
  • Revision of the daily curves of Brazilian load profiles.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Programme language Czech: country names in tariffs were not translated.
  • Total thermal heat demand was not displayed on the "Heating with PV" page.
  • Saved results were not displayed in the project comparison if minute values were used.
  • Missing translations corrected.
  • Memory problems when displaying very large PDF files fixed.
  • DC storage was sometimes discharged with less than the DC start power of the PV-WR in case of unloading.
  • Windows were sometimes not displayed in the middle of the main window.
  • Romania was not displayed in the climate data selection.
  • MeteoSyn: Selection of map provider was displayed when creating climate data with measured values.
  • 3D map import: In the offline case, only a message window was displayed.
December 3rd, 2020PV*SOL premium 2021 Release 3

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Memory leak when repeatedly opening the database dialogs.
  • Crash on the project data page when using a project image and a 3D screenshot is defined as overview picture.
  • Dropdown lists in 3D map tool and database dialogs did not display properly at high DPI scales greater than 100%.
  • Crash in location search of 3D Map Tool.
  • Crash on the Financial Analysis page if very high values for "Price of Electricity sold to third party" were defined.
  • Crash when copying cells of the parts list which were empty.
  • Cursor no longer shakes when moving over the parts list.
  • Crash when synthesizing minute values when the climate data file was no longer available.
  • Crash when canceling the automatic configuration.
  • Crash when entering individual appliances.
  • Crash when loading the consumption database if it has not been updated since version 2019.
  • Error when entering module degradation.
  • Crash when loading project report templates via network storage.
  • Crash when loading the "Thermal System" page.
November 19th, 2020PV*SOL premium 2021 Release 2

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Crash at program start if the logarithmic module degradation had one decimal place and was saved as default.
  • Surplus consumption was not considered in the economic efficiency calculation.
  • The simulation results of the surplus consumption were not saved in the project file.

Please also note the new features and changes in release 1.

November 17th, 2020PV*SOL premium 2021 Release 1

The following new features and changes are included:

  • Heating (heating rod or heat pump) with power from the photovoltaic system.
  • MeteoSyn:
    • Use of Meteonorm 7.3.
    • New climate data for Germany based on test reference years of the DWD (1995-2012).
  • 3D:
    • New map tool for 3D map import (also with maps from other providers).
  • Consumption:
    • Import of short-term load profiles.
    • Weekend and vacation consumption for load profiles from daily courses can now be defined.
    • Surplus consumer.
    • Further diagrams on the consumption tab.
  • Module Degradation:
    • Can be saved as default.
    • Adoptable for all module areas.
    • With further interpolation points.
  • New installation type Floating PV.
  • PV and inverter power as well as the dimensioning factor are now displayed in the status bar.
  • Calculation of performance ratio and specific annual yield for DC battery systems revised.
  • Configurable templates for the project report.
  • Pie charts on the results page and in the project report.
  • Circuit diagram:
    • Templates for safety devices.
    • New symbols (e.g. 70% regulation).
    • Display of all defined consumers in the circuit diagram.
  • Czech as program language.
  • Bulgarian as new project reporting language.
  • When de-register the software a dialog for sending the database UserId by mail appears.
 

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