PVsyst is designed to be used by architects, engineers, and electrical and electronics professionals intending to become Solar Power Plant Designer. It is also a very useful educative tool. It provides quick estimation of production of an early study of your installation, detailed study, sizing and hourly simulation, results in a printable report. The main results to be derived from PVSyst reports are the total energy production, performance ratio, specific energy and gains/losses involved in the simulation. The final report produced from a PVSyst simulation plays a key role in the proposal to be submitted to potential clients. Globally, PVSyst is an industry-standard solar design tool and a must-have skill for a solar designer.
Helioscope is software by Folsom Labs that includes all the features of PVSyst and adds the basic design functionality of AutoCAD and SketchUp, allowing solar designers to do a complete design with one package. It is a web-based tool and you can use it from any computer. Helioscope’s features include 3D design, rapid proposals, bankable simulations, single line diagrams, automatic CAD export, component library, global weather coverage, PAN file support, shade reports, and more.