Introducing new pvDesign UI, financial and comparison tool

The release features a new financial tool that helps estimating the CAPEX and LCOE of each plant and a comparison tool to choose the optimal PV design.

Gabriel Cañadas

15 Dec, 20 / UPDATED 15 Apr, 21

At RatedPower we are committed to enabling and empowering our users with the processes and tools that help to optimize their work. With this in mind, we’ve been working on pvDesign's new interface that looks better, works faster, and is even easier to use than its predecessor in order to improve the user experience of our clients. How are we achieving this?

New Interface

  • To make pvDesign more visual, all the projects can now be visualized in a map and all the designs in a grid view with an image preview.
  • To make pvDesign faster, we’ve completely revamped how the web interface communicates with our servers. Now the pages will load faster across the application, especially the projects page.
  • To make it more intuitive, the different tabs have less texts and more images, making it easier to navigate.

pvDesign new user interface

The new interface will also allow users to organize their projects and designs more efficiently. A search bar has been included as well as a filter to discretize projects and designs by country, number of designs, meteo source used or project creator. In addition, users can now add notes to their designs.

Once a design has been created, it can be analyzed in pvDesign with a bigger map that occupies the full screen and users can select the different layers (LV, MV, trenches, structures, etc.) that they would like to see at the same time.

Financial tool

We have developed an innovative financial tool that has been frequently demanded by our clients in the past in order to allow them to prepare financial estimations much faster and easier. pvDesign can now calculate the CAPEX, OPEX and LCOE of each PV plant design. Users can create cost definition templates, and select them in different simulation scenarios.

As inputs, the price for all of the items, including equipment and civil works, will be needed, as well as the yearly OPEX and the Discount Rate. As outputs, pvDesign will automatically generate a BoQ with the total CAPEX or cost, the specific price or cost per Watt peak and the LCOE or cost per MW hour of a given design.

PV plant CAPEX tool available in pvDesign

Comparison tool

Last by not least, If you have different designs for a given project, pvDesign users can now compare any or all of them side by side. For the comparison, users have the option to choose their desired  parameters and order them as they will.

Comparison tool built in pvDesign

All in all, these new interface and latest features will contribute to grow RatedPower’s ecosystem and make our customers’ life easier. This is just another step but we are working hard and 2021 will come full of new developments!

If you want to try our newly developed UI and tools, go ahead and request a demo.

What you should do now

Whenever you’re ready, here are 4 ways we can help you grow your solar business and reduce LCOE of your PV plants.

  1. Get hands-on with a free pvDesign demo. If you’d like to learn the ins and outs of how top photovoltaic software can help your engineering team, go ahead and request your free demo. One of our solar experts will understand your current design and engineering workflows, and then suggest practical tips on how to speed up them though the right tool.
  2. If you’d like to learn insights, ideas and inspiration for the low-carbon energy transition for free, go to our blog or visit our resources section, where you can download guides, templates and checklists solar successful pros use.
  3. If you’d like to work with other passionate experts on our team, or learn more about our purpose and corporate values, then see our Careers page.
  4. If you know another solar designer, developer or engineer who’d enjoy reading this page, share it with them via email, LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Gabriel Cañadas

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