FTC Solar enters Australia with Voyager single-axis tracker

Voyager complies with Australian standards and has 190MW of commitments

Brisbane – FTC Solar, a diversified products and services company featuring single-axis trackers, PV design software, and engineering services, announces its entry into Australia with an office in Brisbane, Queensland.  FTC Solar has already designed over a dozen utility-scale projects spanning hundreds of MWs in Australia and is expanding its local presence to focus on the delivery of its new Voyager single-axis tracker.  Voyager recently achieved Independent Engineering compliance for key Australian codes and standards, and FTC Solar has signed commitment letters with customers to deliver 190MWp of the product in 2019.

Voyager is a next generation, single-axis tracker that provides industry-leading ease of installation, performance, and reliability, driving the lowest total installed cost.  The FTC team that brings the Voyager tracker to market does so with the experience of designing and installing GWs of third-party single-axis tracker projects in addition to delivering over 1 GW of FTC Solar’s AP90 tracker.

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The Voyager tracker is designed with an architecture that requires the fewest posts/module, the least DC cabling, and among the most efficient installation processes in the industry.  And, the single row, 2-portrait module mounting architecture allows engineers to make the most of the available land while maintaining suitable accessibility for cleaning and mowing in higher GCR designs.  What this all means is that the Voyager tracker provides the lowest installed cost per watt in the industry.

FTC Solar is a global organization whose regional offices provide the best support to regional customers.  Led by Cameron Meekin, Director, FTC Australia continues FTC Solar’s tradition of supporting both local customers and economies.  “Australia’s solar industry has grown exponentially in the last few years and is poised to continue this trajectory” said FTC Solar’s CEO, Tony Etnyre. “FTC Solar’s experience in designing large-scale PV projects combined with our industry-leading tracker technology positions us to enable Australia’s continued renewable energy growth.”

For Australia inquiries, please contact Cameron Meekin at info@ftcsolar.com.au or trackers@ftcsolar.com.au.

About FTC Solar: FTC Solar is a team of dedicated renewable energy professionals focused on delivering value to our customers across the solar development and construction cycle. With over 4GW of worldwide project installation experience, FTC Solar’s hardware, software, and service offerings drive value for solar solutions spanning a range of applications including ground mount, tracker, canopy and rooftop. www.ftcsolar.com.au

FTC Solar Selected By Thiên Tân Group for the Mo Duc Project

The Mo Duc Solar Project in Quang Ngai Province will use single-axis trackers supplied by FTC Solar

 

January 15, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — FTC Solar has been selected as the supplier for single-axis trackers for Thiên Tân Group’s 19 MWdc Mo Duc Solar project in Vietnam.  The project, one of the first with private company capital investment, has started construction and will supply 28 million kilowatts per hour for the national power grid.

FTC Solar has provided a full suite of engineering services for the project, including development engineering, detailed project design and, most recently, being selected as the single-axis tracker supplier for the project.  “We have been working with FTC Solar from the beginning of this project, and their capability to support our Duc Minh project from development through construction has been an important element of our success, Thiên Tân and FTC Solar will become strategic partners in the renewable field in Vietnam and globally,” said Mr. Huynh Kim Lap, Chairman of Thiên Tân Group.

The collaboration with Thiên Tân represents FTC Solar’s first venture into the Vietnamese market.  “We are honored to be selected by Thiên Tân Group to supply 19 megawatts of our solar tracker and are excited to enter growing PV market in Vietnam.  We expect our engineering and supply partnership with Thiên Tân Group to lead to further mutual success in the region.” said Tony Etnyre, VP of Operations at FTC Solar.

 For more information about FTC Solar’s tracker products, please contact trackers@ftcsolar.com. For media inquiries, please contact Vivek Phanse (vphanse@ftcsolar.com).

 

About FTC Solar: FTC Solar is a team of dedicated renewable energy professionals focused on delivering single-axis trackers, value-add software, and engineering services to its customers. With over 4GW of worldwide project experience, FTC Solar’s offerings drive value for solar applications including ground mount, canopy and rooftop. For more information please visit www.ftcsolar.com.

 

About Thiên Tân Group: Thiên Tân Group specialize in Investment and Construction for transportation, irrigation, civil, and industrial infrastructure projects.  Thiên Tân Group brings together a team of highly qualified management and experienced in investment construction, a group of skilled technical workers with high professionalism, strong financial capacity with synchronized machinery, and equipment to meet all the requirements of construction works in the Vietnam.

FTC Solar announces new rooftop design features for SunDAT

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SunDAT users can now integrate PanelClaw structures and develop comprehensive rooftop DC electrical designs

SAN FRANCISCO — FTC Solar’s SunDAT software (https://sundat.ftcsolar.com), the industry’s leading PV design automation product, is adding PanelClaw racking to its component library and new electrical design features for rooftop projects.  The new electrical design features will be available in the Pro version of SunDAT, while the PanelClaw products will be made available to all users.

The collaboration between FTC Solar and PanelClaw represents both companies’ commitment to streamlining the solar process through design, permitting and construction.  Once a design is completed in SunDAT, a simple import into PanelClaw’s clawOS system will generate construction-ready plans in minutes.  “The power of SunDAT for automated array layout generation and electrical system design combined with the power of clawOS for racking structural design yields a state-of-the-art tool flow that significantly improves the productivity of commercial roof top PV system designers,” said John de Papp, CTO of PanelClaw.

SunDAT’s new rooftop DC electrical design features allow users to identify PV source circuits in their module layout and place electrical equipment in 3D.  Defining precise equipment locations and electrical hierarchy enables SunDAT to auto-generate a DC wire schedule and a BOM that can be used for cost estimation and construction.  “Rooftop-focused electrical design in SunDAT and our work with PanelClaw signal an expansion into detailed solar design for rooftop systems.  SunDAT is a premier design optimization tool for solar developers and a platform for solar EPCs that want to automate their detailed design process,” said Tony Etnyre, VP of Operations at FTC Solar.

 

To sign up for a free trial of SunDAT visit https://sundat.ftcsolar.com. For more information, please contact sundat@ftcsolar.com.

 

About FTC Solar: FTC Solar is a team of dedicated renewable energy professionals focused on delivering single-axis trackers, value-add software and engineering services to its customers. With over 4GW of worldwide project experience, FTC Solar’s offerings drive value for solar applications including ground mount, canopy and rooftop. For more information please visit www.ftcsolar.com.

 

About PanelClaw: Headquartered in Massachusetts, PanelClaw delivers PV power plant mounting structures and engineering services to accelerate the adoption of solar electricity across North America. PanelClaw remains at the forefront of the solar industry as a leading supplier of flat roof systems, setting new standards for safety and reliability of photovoltaic arrays. For more information please visit www.panelclaw.com.

FTC Solar Launches Voyager Single-Axis Tracker

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — FTC Solar launches the Voyager single-axis tracker, which will be shown by invitation-only to select customers at Solar Power International in Anaheim.

Voyager is a next generation, single-axis tracker that provides industry-leading ease of installation, performance, and reliability, driving the lowest total installed cost.  The FTC team that brings the Voyager tracker to market does so with the experience of designing and installing GWs of third-party single-axis tracker projects in addition to delivering over 1 GW of FTC Solar’s AP90 tracker.

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The Voyager tracker is designed for project engineers and installers, requires no special tools and only three wrench socket sizes to be fully assembled.  It features the fewest foundations per module in the industry and employs a fast and intuitive clamping system that makes module install a breeze.  The balanced DC string architecture not only reduces the overall DC collection cost, but also is ideal for DC cable harness systems.  And, the single row, 2-portrait module mounting architecture allows engineers to make the most of the available land while maintaining suitable accessibility for cleaning and mowing in higher GCR designs.  What this all means is that the Voyager tracker provides the lowest installed cost per watt in the industry.

Voyager is equally designed with performance and reliability in mind.  The single-row, self-powered actuation and control system utilizes a power architecture that puts little demand on the battery, providing three days of back-up power while requiring battery replacement half as often as competitive designs.  The row-level control features communication redundancy through a wireless mesh network and bi-directional communication with zone controllers.  Voyager’s proprietary control system allows for continued performance optimization through custom backtracking.

If you are a developer, EPC, or asset owner working on ground-mount projects, FTC Solar’s Voyager tracker should be part of your next project.  Contact us at trackers@ftcsolar.com for more information or to schedule a private viewing of the Voyager tracker at SPI.

 

About FTC Solar: FTC Solar is a team of dedicated renewable energy professionals focused on delivering value to our customers across the solar development and construction cycle. With over 4GW of worldwide project installation experience, FTC Solar’s hardware, software, and service offerings drive value for solar solutions spanning a range of applications including ground mount, tracker, canopy and rooftop. www.ftcsolar.com

FTC Solar obtains ISO Certification

August 2018 — FTC Solar’s tracker business unit is pleased to announce that it is now ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified.  ISO 9001 is an international standard that defines requirements for establishing a Quality Management System (QMS).  ISO 14001:2015 helps organizations identify and control environmental impact, minimize any negative affects operations may have on the environment, and manage compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

 

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FTC Solar announces the release of the SunDAT Web Service

The SunDAT Web Service – Powered by Parallel Works™ – is the PV industry’s most powerful design optimization tool

SAN FRANCISCOJuly 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In the hyper-competitive PV industry, extracting every cent of value from a project is crucial. The SunDAT Web Service combines the power of FTC Solar and Parallel Works to bring you cloud-based PV design software that enables users to rapidly generate and analyze hundreds of options for a potential site. Starting with only a ground or rooftop boundary, the SunDAT Web Service can model virtually every combination of design parameter: module/inverter types, ground coverage ratio, string size, tracking vs. fixed-tilt, azimuth, and more, producing complete site layouts and energy estimates in minutes.

The SunDAT Web Service is based on SunDAT, FTC Solar’s proprietary solar design automation software developed for the SketchUp 3D environment, which enables automated design and optimization of photovoltaic systems. Subscribers are able to work with residential, commercial or utility-scale sites, and optimize system layout, equipment hierarchy, and energy output based on local site constraints and industry design standards.  Featuring unlimited project size, advanced topographic analysis capability, and comprehensive DC electrical design, SunDAT and the SunDAT Web Service generate designs that are more than just numbers in a database…they are real designs that can each be assessed visually in 3D. Additionally, the SunDAT Web Service can be used for site prospecting and selection, for modeling single-axis tracker shading on terrain, and for any complex task where parallel processing can be leveraged to achieve more optimal designs.

If you are interested in gaining a competitive advantage with your photovoltaic system design process and want to learn more about how cloud computing is transforming the PV industry, please join us on Tuesday August 14th at our GTM Webinar: https://www2.greentechmedia.com/l/264512/2018-07-24/69xqs to see a preview of the SunDAT Web Service in action.

Learn more and sign up for a free trial of SunDAT at https://sundat.ftcsolar.com. For further information, contact sundat@ftcsolar.com.

About FTC Solar: FTC Solar is a team of dedicated renewable energy professionals focused on delivering value to our customers across the solar development and construction cycle. With over 4GW of worldwide project installation experience, FTC Solar’s differentiated software and service offerings drive value for solar solutions spanning a range of applications including ground mount, tracker, canopy and rooftop.

About Parallel Works: Parallel Works is a next-generation technical computing platform enabling engineers and scientists to easily scale modeling and simulation workflows across high-performance computing systems and cloud resources. The Parallel Works platform enables domain experts across diverse industries to design, execute, and share sophisticated parallel simulation studies without the complexities of cloud resource management or parallel programming.

FTC Solar launches SunDAT Essential and releases a license model specific to the India market

Advanced solar design and optimization software for SketchUp

CHENNAI, India, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — FTC Solar, Inc. announced the launch of a new version of SunDAT for the India solar market called SunDAT Essential. The new version of the software aims to put the power of SunDAT, a 3D solar design automation and optimization platform, in the hands of all India-based solar designers and engineers. SunDAT can now be purchased in three subscription formats, Essential, Standard and Pro, each with a subscription model structured specifically for the India market.

SunDAT Essential enables users to quickly optimize solar designs for rooftops, ground mounts and canopy systems. SunDAT’s layout algorithm iterates through multiple design scenarios using a 3D model of the project site in SketchUp. The Essential version of SunDAT limits models to a 1MW DC system size, however the Standard and Pro versions have no system size limits.

“In SunDAT Essential we’ve created a tool kit with everything that solar designers need to quickly generate optimized system designs for sites under 1 MW DC,” said Avinash Srinivasan, Software Engineering Manager at FTC Solar. “The best part is that we can offer this version of SunDAT specifically to the India solar industry at a competitive cost.”

SunDAT Essential includes several key features necessary for solar design optimization including module layout, shading analysis and energy modeling/analysis (powered by NREL SAM). Additional features in the Standard and Pro versions include single-line diagram generation, slope/topography analysis, DC electrical design and many more tools that enable solar designers and engineers to further optimize PV design.

“Our team received very positive feedback about SunDAT from the attendees at Intersolar India in Mumbai last December,” said Andrew Morse, Director of Software at FTC Solar. “The launch of SunDAT Essential and the changes in our license strategy for our Standard and Pro subscriptions represent our response to that feedback and our willingness to serve the unique needs of the India solar market.”

SunDAT is available for a 15-day free trial at https://sundat.ftcsolar.com. For sales inquiries, please contact sundat@ftcsolar.com

About SunDAT

SunDAT is a software extension developed for the SketchUp 3D environment that enables automated design and optimization of photovoltaic systems. The software allows users to work with residential, commercial or utility-scale sites, and optimize system layout, equipment hierarchy and energy output based on local site constraints and industry design standards.

About FTC Solar

FTC Solar is a team of dedicated renewable energy professionals focused on delivering value to our clients across the solar development and construction cycle. With over 4GW of worldwide project installation experience, FTC Solar’s differentiated software and service offerings drive value for solar solutions spanning a range of applications including ground mount, tracker, canopy and rooftop.

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FTC Solar releases Atlas, a Portfolio Management Software Solution

FTC Solar, Inc. announced the release of its proprietary Atlas portfolio management software solution. Atlas, formerly known as SAM (Solar Automation Module) provides developers and asset owners with a “one stop shop” solution to manage all solar projects on one centralized platform.

Atlas spans the entire solar project life cycle, from an identified opportunity through project completion and O&M. The software platform allows the user to organize and manage their project portfolio around all critical reporting and tracking functions.

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“Solar Developers and Asset Owners need one centralized source of truth for project documentation, stage gate approval processes, and financial reporting,” said David Springer, CEO of FTC Solar. “Atlas delivers a rich suite of detailed reporting options that provide insight into individual projects and an overview of the entire portfolio.”

Atlas includes program management, financial reporting, and data management modules that enable clear, consistent project execution from early stage development through commercial operation.

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To enhance efficiency for solar developers and owners, the Atlas portfolio management solution is highly flexible. Atlas can be customized to suit each customer’s unique needs. The platform can integrate with existing accounting and reporting systems and can support data import from multiple data sources.

FTC Solar’s Atlas portfolio software is available for demonstration and free trial at atlas.ftcsolar.com. Atlas is available on hosted FTC Solar servers or can be delivered locally on customer managed infrastructure. For sales inquiries, please contact atlas@ftcsolar.com.

About FTC Solar

FTC Solar is a team of dedicated renewable energy professionals focused on delivering value to our clients across the solar development and construction cycle. With over 4GW of worldwide project installation experience, FTC Solar’s differentiated software and service offerings drive value for solar solutions spanning a range of applications including ground mount, tracker, canopy and rooftop.

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FTC Solar releases Automated DC Electrical Design

FTC Solar, Inc. announced the availability of DC Electrical design capabilities for ground mount systems in the V3.2 release of its proprietary SunDAT Solar Design Automation software solution. SunDAT V3.2 contains no system size limitations and delivers highly accurate designs from small residential systems to multi-hundred MW Single Axis tracker utility-scale projects.

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The new DC Electrical design capabilities allow the user to create DC equipment hierarchies, auto-place combiners and inverters in 3D, and watch while SunDAT generates a wire schedule in real-time! SunDAT now allows the designer to create electrically complete blocks centered around one or more inverters in the solar array.

“We are passionate about delivering automated design solutions that expand and enhance the tool box of solar system designers. The addition of DC Electrical design into the SunDAT design automation tool is another step towards improving the efficiency of solar engineers,” said Andrew Morse, Director of Software Solutions at FTC Solar.

In addition to DC Electrical features, the SunDAT Pro V3.2 release provides the following new capabilities:

Expanded SLD features for Central inverters including ability to create medium-voltage (MV) single-line diagrams
Additional Bill of Materials details based on electrical design and wire schedule
Cut/Fill volume estimates in Slope Analysis
“SunDAT was designed by solar engineers looking to expand their capabilities and focus their energy on value-added design decisions,” said Tony Etnyre, EVP of Operations at FTC Solar. “Our team continues to innovate and deliver new capabilities that allow designers to deliver that value to projects.”

This new version of SunDAT is chock full of new improvements. Review the release notes to learn about everything that’s changed. SunDAT V3 is available for a 15-day free trial at https://sundat.ftcsolar.com. For sales inquiries, please contact sundat@ftcsolar.com

About SunDAT

SunDAT is a software plugin developed for the SketchUp 3D environment that enables automated design and optimization of photovoltaic systems. The software allows users to work with residential, commercial or utility-scale sites, and optimize system layout, equipment hierarchy and energy output based on local site constraints and industry design standards.

About FTC Solar

FTC Solar is a team of dedicated renewable energy professionals focused on delivering value to our clients across the solar development and construction cycle. With over 4GW of worldwide project installation experience, FTC Solar’s differentiated software and service offerings drive value for solar solutions spanning a range of applications including ground mount, tracker, canopy and rooftop.

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FTC Solar releases SunDAT V3 Design Automation Software

FTC Solar, Inc. announced the availability of the next generation release of its proprietary SunDAT Solar Design Automation software solution. SunDAT V3 contains no system size limitations and delivers highly accurate designs from small residential systems to multi-hundred MW Single Axis tracker utility-scale projects.

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The new V3 user interface delivers an intuitive experience with an advanced feature set simplifying solar design and produces multiple design iterations for comparison and evaluation. With energy modeling powered by NREL SAM, production estimates can be compared side by side for multiple layout options.

SunDAT V3 significantly improves the speed and accuracy of large scale solar design. All modeling is done inside the Sketchup 3D environment. Shading analysis coupled with 3D terrain-following allows users to see the impact of terrain on energy production.

“Our advanced topography analysis allows users to identify terrain above structural tolerances during the due diligence phase and provides estimation of cut/fill volumes,” said Andrew Morse, Director of Software Solutions at FTC Solar. “Providing this capability early in the design cycle significantly enhances land selection and cost estimation.”

FTC Solar’s SunDAT V3 was designed by solar engineers, for solar engineers. “Our mission is to deliver a highly reliable, flexible, user friendly solution that enables solar designers to focus on delivering value,” said Tony Etnyre, EVP of Operations at FTC Solar. “SunDAT V3 delivers on that mission by automating layout and drafting tasks so engineers can focus on optimizing cost and constructability.”

SunDAT V3 is available for a 15-day free trial at https://sundat.ftcsolar.com. For sales inquiries, please contact sundat@ftcsolar.com

About SunDAT

SunDAT is a software plugin developed for the SketchUp 3D environment that enables automated design and optimization of photovoltaic systems. The software allows users to work with residential, commercial or utility-scale sites, and optimize system layout, equipment hierarchy and energy output based on local site constraints and industry design standards.

About FTC Solar

FTC Solar is a team of dedicated renewable energy professionals focused on delivering value to our clients across the solar development and construction cycle. With over 4GW of worldwide project installation experience, FTC Solar’s differentiated software and service offerings drive value for solar solutions spanning a range of applications including ground mount, tracker, canopy and rooftop.

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