Press release

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 For sales inquiries, please contact


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. Learn more at FTC Solar.

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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