S-5! Launches New Solar Calculator
Advanced layouts for solar projects from start to finish
(Colorado Springs, Colorado, – July 14, 2021) S-5!, the leading authority on metal roof fastening technology, has partnered with software developer PVComplete to launch its new web-based solar calculator designed to create advanced layouts for solar projects for standing seam and visible attached metal roofs.
Compatible with most industry PV module manufacturers and modules of all sizes, the S-5! Solar Calculator is the industry’s only one that calculates PV on railless, direct-attach™ metal roofing, making it easy to to use with our S-5-PVKIT solar mounting system,” said Rob Haddock, CEO and founder of S-5!
Users enter project data into S-5!’s Solar Calculator, including metal roof type and manufacturer, roof dimensions, module size, module manufacturer, and seam spacing. Based on the selected work location, the fully developed calculator calculates the forces in the upward (upward), downward, lateral (seismic) and downward/parallel force according to ASCE 7. It also uses Google maps to help with module placement on the roof .
The calculator provides module spacing recommendations to align standing seams with module manufacturers mounting zones, as well as a summary of energy output detailing how much energy the array will produce, time frame to achieve a return on investment (ROI) , a bill of materials and a full report available to a competent authority (AHJ).
The S-5! Solar Calculator (patent pending) is an intuitive web app that makes it easy for sales professionals and property developers to create advanced layouts for solar projects with little or no training. In just five clicks, users can create a solar project design packed with valuable information, including 8760 production data. The design tool is also the first to integrate ASCE-16 structural requirements.
In the office or in the field, users can access the software from any computing device to create one or more solar design variations that can be exported to PDF in minutes for sharing with colleagues or as part of customer proposals.
“Our driving mission at PVComplete is to provide software solutions that accelerate solar deployment worldwide by improving the speed, accuracy and overall ROI of solar project design,” explains Daniel Sherwood, president of PVComplete. “That’s why we were excited to partner with S-5! to develop this platform to enable a new level of advanced customer support with advanced self-service tools and automated design functionality.”
Since 1992, S-5! is the leading authority in metal roof fastening solutions. S-5!’s No Penetration Clamps secure fittings to standing seam metal roofs, concealed or exposed metal roofs, while maintaining roof integrity and warranties. S-5! solutions are designed for a variety of roof-mounted applications: snow retention, fall protection and wind performance, satellite dishes, solar panels, signs/banners, lighting fixtures, chimney stacks, walkways, HVAC, lightning protection, equipment screens, conduit, condensate lines and more. Made in the USA, S-5!’s products have revolutionized the metal roofing industry and are now installed on more than 2 million metal roofs worldwide, including 3.5 GW of PV, providing strength and a long life that has never been seen before. For more information, visit www.S-5.com.
About PVC Complete
PVComplete is the global leader in solar sales and design automation with a range of reliable, accurate and intuitive software products that solve complex engineering challenges and enable everyone in the PV project development process to accelerate residential, commercial and utility solar. design, optimize and build. installations. Founded in 2015 in the Bay Area and with offices in Europe, the company provides solutions and technical support to solar installers and developers around the world. For more information, visit pvccomplete.com.