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Management Support Products

Software Product TypesA number of software companies offer solutions specifically tailored to the solar market. There are three main categories:

Planning, Simulation and Design

Mainly for planning purposes, simulation software applications can assist both upstream and downstream players as well as end-customers.

Manufacturing Support

Enterprise tools like SAP offer PV-manufacturing components to help manufacturers optimize their business processes.

Monitoring and System Control

Software that helps measure and monitor the solar generating system, the output of which can be used to optimize the facility.


Name Country Comments
Planning, Simulation & Design
PVsyst Switzerland Software package for design and analysis of both on- and off-grid photovoltaic systems. It is the defacto standard tool for bankable yield estimations. Green Rhino Energy offers PVSyst training
Homer Energy United States Homer Energy is the tool to optimally size components of hybrid renewable energy systems for off-grid and weak-grid scenarios. Green Rhino Energy offers training for Homer.
Ansys USA Engineering simulation with segment focusing on electrification
Dr. Valentin Energie Software GmbH Germany Software solutions for planning, design, dynamic simulation and profitability calculations concerning solar plants
Greenius Germany simulation software for a number of renewable technologies, developed by the university in Berlin. Technologies include solar pv, solar thermal, concentrated solar, fuel cells, wind parks. There is a free version available.
Monitoring & System Control
natcon7 GmbH Germany Portal that allows individual systems to be operated in a virtual network, reducing totoal costs for distribution
Tigo Energy USA An active management and monitoring system that can control each module indvidually with a help of a special hardware device. Most other monitoring systems can only measure at string-level.
Solar Log Germany Solar Log provides a wireless energy management system.
Amitec Israel SolAmitec is a management System for monitoring security, safety and maintenance of solar installations.
SunSniffer Germany This is another module-level monitoring system that places a chip on every module providing detailed analysis of the solar plant.


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