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December 14, 2017

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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