What are some good resources for solar energy?

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Solar Design & Analysis Tools 


PVWatts Calculator
Estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, small building owners, installers and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential PV installations

System Advisor Model (SAM)
The System Advisor Model (SAM) is a performance and financial model designed to facilitate decision making for people involved in the renewable energy industry

Solar Irradiance Calculator
The irradiance calculator takes data collated over a 22 year period to provide monthly average insolation figures. This information is then used to calculate the average daily power generation a photovoltaic system will produce in any given month.

Power Systems Analysis Software – Open Electrical
List of most common software packages used for power systems analysis

PVsyst is a PC software package for the study, sizing, simulation and data analysis of complete PV systems.

Blue Oak PV Selection Tool
Free Tool for Pairing and Comparing Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters

SolarDesignTool | The Ultimate Online PV Design and Panel Layout Software
Online PV design software for solar professionals that allows users to effortlessly design PV systems and create optimal panel layouts.

String Sizing Tool – Yaskawa | Solectria Solar
String size your array by choosing the module manufacturer, temperature range, mounting method, split or three phase, AC voltage and inverter.

Clean Power Finance – Fueling Solar’s FutureClean Power Finance
Our mission is to drive the mass-market adoption of residential solar by building an online marketplace for industry professionals and investors.

PV Value
PV Value® was created by Energy Sense Finance to utilize income, cost and sales comparison approaches to develop the market and fair market value of a solar PV system.

Transparent Cost Database | Transparent Cost Database
Crowdsourced energy information and data

Solar Estimate | Solar Calculator | Solar Costs | Solar prices
Solar Estimate is America’s leading solar calculator showing solar prices and the cost of a solar system after rebates. It tell you What size solar system you need, How much solar panels cost, What rebates are available, Your returns and payback period and The best solar installers in your area (www.solarreviews.com)

SolarRating.ca – Online Solar Assessment Tool
SolarRating Online uses information collected from over 1000 weather stations worldwide to assess the suitability of your home for solar technologies: photovoltaic (PV) to generate electricity and solar thermal for heating domestic hot water.

PV Mapper
PVMapper is a utility-scale solar site mapping web application that is open-source and free to use. It is a geographical information system (GIS) with an easy-to-use interface that provides end users with specific information and capabilities relevant to siting large solar energy projects. In addition to these mapping functions, PVMapper has added an independent site comparison capability.

Draft Solar System Proposals


Folsom Labs: Solar Design Software for Powerful Proposals
Folsom Labs is developing the next generation of software tools for designing high-performance solar arrays in a fraction of the time.

MODsolar – Powering Solar Forward
software technology facilitates end-to-end sales processes, helping to close sales faster while increasing solar adoption, significantly reducing time, resources, costs and barriers to sales.

Energy Toolbase
Combining databasing and cost analysis tools for energy professionals.

SolarNexus – Business Operations Platform
SolarNexus – powering the most effective network of independent solar sales and installation companies.