PVcase and Anderson Optimization (AO) announce the integration of their products that will significantly improve the efficiency for solar developers, make it easier to go from site selection to initial design phases, and reduce the data risk while transferring data between platforms.

The integration will save time, reduce back-and-forth processes, and improve accuracy and terrain data adaptation processes for AO and PVcase users. It will address several significant pain points experienced by solar developers and simplify the site file configuration process required to bring them into design platforms. Such processes are complex and time-consuming due to differing requirements of file labeling and structuring by different platforms. This issue complicates the data exchange between developers and site analysts.

Data risk while moving site data between platforms is another significant problem that can potentially increase project soft costs. Typically, site design platforms lack comprehensive and readily accessible site data. This deficiency in data availability may result in the creation of inaccurate initial designs.

To solve all these issues, PVcase and AO have recently launched a custom PVcase formatted export in the AO platform that allows you to export site boundaries, constraint maps, and terrain data from AO to PVcase in just a few clicks. As a result, users can import a site from AO into PVcase Ground Mount. It automatically reads the file in a few seconds. Furthermore, the file is augmented with in-depth topographical data, inherently accessible within PVcase Ground Mount. This empowers users to create more accurate and enhanced initial designs right from the outset.

“The integration allows the user of AO to export a file containing all their project details. This includes any areas that the user has identified in AO, for example, exclusion areas such as environmental zones and buildable areas where the PV can be placed. The Ground Mount user can import this file with the same level of detail available in their AutoCAD environment. It’s great for data loss reduction as no important information is lost when transferring between tools,” says Guy Atherton, PVcase Product Manager.

Megan Young, Vice President of Client & Strategic Initiatives at AO, says: “Making it easy to transition sites from the site selection phase to the initial design phase was a no-brainer when we started working with PVcase. There are so many soft costs from silos for instance that, together, we can now uniquely tackle along the project lifecycle. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we can do together to solve some of these pernicious problems that plague the industry and slow down getting renewables online.”

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