The softwares below are commercial tools dedicated to the design of PV systems connected to the grid or in remote area. You can get an accurate evaluation of solar photovoltaic panels energy output. All these software must be purchased to be fully functional.
All prices are indicative and subject to change without notice.


Solarius-PV FreeUPP is a software for solar photovoltaic (grid connected) design and solar PV system efficiency calculation.
- solar PV calculator with step by step design
- graphical input also from CAD
- calculation of the solar PV system efficiency rate
- solar panel shading analysis from a photo
- pv panels: automatic sizing and positioning
- PV inverter: auto sizing
- PV inverters: 3 phase inverters, single phase inverters, multi MPPT inverters)

Prices 2016 : 14 €/month or 99 €/year

Get SOLARIUS PV Free UPP from ACCA Software

PV Designer Solmetric

PV Designer software enables you to quickly and easily: draw a roof outline, specify set-backs and keep-out regions, incorporate SunEye shade measurements at specific locations on the roof, drag-and-drop modules, size strings, check inverter limits, and calculate the AC energy production for your system.
It includes extensive world-wide databases of modules, inverters, and historical weather. You can easily try different design scenarios and compare their AC kW-hr outputs side-by-side to identify the best design. Results can be exported in a PDF format and printed or emailed to clients. The software is designed for residential and small commercial systems.

Archelios PRO - Trace Software

This PV software permits to evaluate solar radiation of a site, to design a photovoltaic system and calculate the energy produced and the profitability.
Archelios is for projects up to 50kWp, Archelios Pro is for projects of any size.
Possibility to complete the electrical sizing of the PV project with archelios Calc (you have to purchase Archelios Calc licence to use it).

Base Price : 690 EUR for Archelios and 990 € for Archelios PRO


Photovoltaic software for Real-Time PV System Simulation.
- Global Project Simulation
- Virtual Site Assessment
- System Design
Solarmapper website


Pvcomplete is a software that uses Autocad and System Advisor Model Models energy production for your PV design.
Shadow modelling : Draw obstructions and the software will draw in shaded areas for you based on latitude, azimuth and object height.
PV COMPLETE has full module database : Download module data directly from the Cloud database.
Cost estimate : Populate a cost table to generate costed BOM and accurately estimate project costs.
 Visit PVcomplete software website
Price : 99 $/month or 999 $/year.

PVscout 2.0 Premium

PVscout is a PV-sizing software for the planning and calculation of grid-connected photovoltaic systems irrespective of manufacturer.

- graphical representation and dynamic interconnection of several roofs.
- full range of data irrespective of manufacturer
- solar irradiation data based on high-resolution mean minute values
- calculations of economic efficiency
- Individually compiled presentation of technical details, order, quotation, electrical circuit diagram, DC connection drawing, solar yield and economic efficiency

Price : 474 € + update contract available from €70,00 per year.


One of the oldest photovoltaic software, developed by the University of Geneva.PVSYST is designed to be used by architects, engineer and researchers, and it is also a very useful pedagogical tool. It could be considered as the Swiss knife of photovoltaic software.
Main features :
- Full design of remote PV systems
- Full design of PV systems connected to the grid
- Complet database of PV panels, inverters, meteorological data
- Useful 3D application to simulate near shadings
- Import of irradiation data from PVGIS, NASA databases
- Import of PV modules data from PHOTON INTERNATIONAL
- Economic evaluation and payback
- export of calculations to CSV files
- Many tools to simulate the behavior of PV modules and cells according to irradiation, temperature, shadings

Pv syst includes a detailed contextual Help, which explains in detail procedures and models used, and offers an ergonomic approach with guide in development of a project. PVsyst is able to import meteo data from many different sources, as well as personal data.
PVsyst provides results in the form of a full report,
specific graphs and tables, as well as data export for use in other software.


The software calculates the amount of generated electricity based on the latitudes, longitudes, and the weather conditions of the installation site. This leads precise simulation results.
Simulation including the shadow influence by surrounding buildings and objects allows users to check optimal settings and module designs before system installation.
The software calculates also the I-V curve of solar modules accurately and quickly based on the electric characteristics of each manufacturer's product.


The all in one solution for simple and speedy planning and calculation of PV systems, which leaves no wish unfulfilled.
Complete PV system planning.
Comprehensive assembly and connection plan, and all relevant calculations such as inverter design, revenue forecast, profitability calculations taking into account personal use and determining the most appropriate assembly system based on the wind and snow loads calculations in accordance with DIN 1055 and Eurocode 1 or comparable provisions at a country-specific level, and much more.
Plan4solar PV


PV F-CHART is a comprehensive photovoltaic system analysis and design program. The program provides monthly-average performance estimates for each hour of the day. The calculations are based upon methods developed at the University of Wisconsin which use solar radiation utilizability to account for statistical variation of radiation and the load.
PV F-Chart


The INSEL toolbox Solar Electricity provides parameters for the simulation of all market-available PV modules and inverters.
Price : 850 EUR

PV SOL Premium (GE)

PV*SOL premium is a dynamic simulation program with 3D visualization and detailed shading analysis of photovoltaic plants with storage systems. PV system designers, engineers, consultants and installers can use the software to professionally design and dimension PV systems. Features include:
- Calculation of electric vehicles with battery storage systems
- Import of satellite maps to quickly and easily create buildings
- High and low tariffs can be taken into account
- Detailed presentation of the simulation results
Languages: English, France, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish (plus additional languages for the results presentation)
PV*SOL premium 2017 (3D and 2D design): 1295 EUR
PV*SOL 2017 (2D design): 895.00 EUR
PV*Sol Premium


SPF - Velasolaris, professsional sizing and simulation of solar photovoltaic systems.
Polysun Professional Photovoltaic Simulation : 399 euros
Polysun Designer Photovoltaic Simulation : 699 Euros


HOMER is a computer model that simplifies the task of evaluating design options for both off-grid and grid-connected power systems for remote, stand-alone, and distributed generation (DG) applications. HOMER's optimization and sensitivity analysis algorithms allow the user to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of a large number of technology options and to account for uncertainty in technology costs, energy resource availability, and other variables.

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (CEERE) provides technological and economic solutions to environmental problems resulting from energy production, industrial, manufacturing, and commercial activities, and land use practices.
Price (2014): $398/year

Homer solar software


EasySolar is a fully functional online platform compatible with advanced EasySolar mobile apps for iOS or Android, easy to use in the office or in the field.

EasySolar can significantly increase your solar sales thanks to:

    - better work performance during site visit thanks to measurement tools
    - possibility of the project presentation even during the first meeting with client on tablet or smartphone
    - better visualisation of PV designs for your client thanks to three design methods
    - clear and detailed price quote section and financial analysis
    - better cooperation between solar pros thanks to cloud technology and faster projects management
    - fast preparation of the project, even in 5 minutes
    - detailed customized proposals with company logo, colours and selected sections

The price of Easy Solar app starts from 20 euros a month.

If you want to learn more about EasySolar, check the company's Website

HELIOS 3D Solarparkplanung

HELIOS 3D is a professional planning tools for utility scale PV plants.
It allows shadow free placement of PV racks on a digital terrain at any geographical position and at any given date or time.
The workflow supports all phases of the project process :
Project Development : Analysis and evaluation of the terrain, rate of yield
Project Layout :  Structuring of the terrain, positioning of PV racks, optimize positioning for maximum yield 
Project Engineering : Electric layout, Bill of material, list of GPS coordinates, cable lists.
HELIOS 3D Solar Plant Layout price : 11800 EUR


This italian software developed by Electro Graphics Srl is a full tools to compute the solar PV output of a solar photovoltaic system connected to the grid.

Main features :
A real advantage of this software is its Interoperability  with Ampere Professional  an Electrical network calculator to analyse the electrical network of the PV generator (cables, SPD, protection, inverter).
It also Interface with software CADelet, Eplus or iDEA, for the full drawing of the system and its construction details.

Solergo : complete design of grid-connected photovoltaic systems

Ampere professional : software for the calculation of LV and MV electrical networks, in AC or DC, according to IEC 60364, IEC 60909, IEC 62271-100

PV-Design-PRO (GE)

PV-DesignPro v6.0 is Windows compatible software designed to simulate photovoltaic energy system operation on an hourly basis for one year, based on a user selected climate and system design.

Three versions of the PV-DesignPro program are included on the Solar Design Studio CD-ROM: "PV-DesignPro-S" for standalone systems with battery storage, "PV-DesignPro-G" for grid-connected systems with no battery storage, and "PV-DesignPro-P" for water pumping systems.
Solar Design Studio Suite : 249 USD


Skelion, is a Sketchup's plugin to insert solar photovoltaics and thermal components in a surface.

Skelion plugin gives Sketchup the possibility to insert solar panels very fast and make fast renewable solar energy studies.

Includes shadows projection and MAC OS and Windows compatible.

Skelion for SketchUp allows you to :

Exists in version free and pro version (200 USD)

Skelion from Google Sketchup

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