Quick Mount PV Designer Help Topics

How-tos and step-by-step answers for using the Quick Mount PV Designer.

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    Tips & Tricks

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  1. Internet Browser Zoom Setting

    If you are experiencing strange behavior please check your browser zoom level, under the View Menu of the browser. For best usability of the tool, the Quick Mount PV Designer should be viewed at the 100% setting (Actual Size) in your browser window. If the browser zoom is set to any other level, usability of the tool will suffer. Most browsers allow you to press Command + 0 (Mac) or Control + 0 (PC) to zoom to Actual Size.

  2. Zooming in the Designer

    To zoom in or out, use the scroll wheel on your mouse just as if you were scrolling up or down a webpage.

  3. How to Design an Array

    In both Worksheet and Sky View modes, the grey rectangular boxes in the grid represent modules. When grey, the modules are inactive and are not included in the BOM. To activate the modules, simply click the grey box once; click again to deactivate. You can select multiple modules more quickly by clicking and holding as you drag your cursor over the modules you would like activated.

    Module Activating

    Module Active

  4. Moving Rafters

    Moving rafters is a good way to simulate moving the modules across the roof. To do this, click Structural­ > Rafter adjustment button. In the array, you will see a series of arrows appear on the rafters. Use the upper row of arrows to move the rafters individually, move the lower left set of arrows to move all the rafters together.

    Moving rafters

  5. Red Error Zones

    Depending on the module orientation, module selected, and rafter spacing, red error zones may appear on certain modules. The red error zones alert you that the software cannot correctly uphold the side of the array in those zones. Sometimes it is possible to fix this issue by moving rafters (See #4 to learn how to move rafters). To do this, activate the rafter adjustment tool and move all the rafters together until there is a rafter close to the edge of both sides of the array.

    Error Zone

  6. Module Selection & BOM

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  7. Selecting the Modules

    Click into the System tab (where the kW array size is shown) at the top of the page, then click on the name of the module manufacturer to bring up the list of all manufactureers. Select the manufacturer you require, then select your product series and your module.

    Module Selection

  8. Worksheet Mode

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  9. How to Pan in Worksheet Mode

    Tool Method
    Click the pan tool icon in the bottom right of the screen, hover over the grid, click and drag in the direction you would like.

    Alternatively you can click and hold the grid with the mouse for about a second and then pan.

    Pan Tool

  10. Sky View Mode

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  11. How to Activate Google Maps

    First make sure that you have entered a valid address then click Roof ­ > Sky View­ > Enter Map View.

    Sky View

  12. How to Pan in Sky View Mode

    Click and drag anywhere outside of a roof plate.

  13. How to Map Out a Roof

    With Map View activated, click Roof­ > Roof Outline ­> Outline a Roof Plate and then go through the workflow.

    Outline Roof

  14. How to Create Multiple Arrays

    If you need to create more than one array in a project, simply follow the steps in #10 for as many roofs as you require.

  15. Engineering
    Wind/Snow Loads, Point Loads, Etc.

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  16. Setting Wind and Snow Loads

    Click Structural­ > Spans tool (the number shown may vary) > Calculated distances > Wind/Snow dropdowns. Note that the Wind Exposure Category defaults to B, if you need to change this simply click and select the value you require from the dropdown. For an explanation of the categories visit: http://www.cityofsitka.com/government/departments/building/Windexpo.html

    Span Button

    Snow Loads

  17. Point Loads

    Point Loads are viewable in both lb/ft2 and lb per mounting point. To view point loads, click Structural at the bottom of the window, then click “Point Load: Off” to toggle it to “Point Load: On”. Underneath each mount you will see the point load value, click any one of the values to toggle to the other type. Note that point loads are calculated by tributary area of the mount rather than a system average­ to view the tributary area simply hover over any mount with your mouse with point loads activated and you will see the tributary area shaded in dark grey.

    Point Load Button

    Point Loads


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  19. Why does my PDF have multiple pages?

    For each sub­array the Designer generates a summary page and a line drawing page. The summary page includes things like the selected wind and snow loads, roof slope, BOM, etc. The line drawing page has a line drawing of the array. Projects with multiple arrays will have these two pages for each sub­array.

  20. Dealing with Obstructions

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  21. Moving Modules

    To move modules click the Module Adjustment tool on the far left of the screen. Arrows appear in the modules in the grid, click or drag the arrow in the direction you desire on the module you desire. Note that when clicking the arrows, each click represents one inch of module movement.

    Move Icon

    Move Modules

  22. Moving Modules Within Roof Plate

    After creating a roof plate you may want to move the grid within the roof plate. To do this, simply click and drag the fingerprint adjustment icon attached to the top right of the grid (not the fingerprint adjustment icon attached to the bottom right of the roof plate). The design tool only displays the module grid within the boundaries of the roof plate. Note that there is a “no module zone” around the entire array­ 16” at the ridge, 6” at the eave, and 4” at the sides. The “no module zone” is to accommodate the Quick Rack mounting hardware.

    Move Modules

  23. Creating Protrait & Combo Arrays

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  24. Creating a Portrait Array

    To create a portrait array, click on Structural, then click the Module Orientation button, then click Portrait followed by Ok.

  25. Creating a Combo Array

    To create a combo array, click on Structural, then click the Module Orientation button, then click Combo. You will see the Module Orientation icon appear on modules in the grid­ click the icon within a module and that module’s row will change orientations. Note that module orientation is only changeable by row, changing a single module’s orientation is not possible.

    Combo Array

  26. Customer View

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  27. Creating "How it Will Look" Images to Share with Customers

    Customer View exists to allow you to see what an array will look like on the roof. In Customer View the activated modules in the grid assume the look of a real module, and the inactive modules get hidden. To activate Customer View, move your mouse to the bottom left of the window, click Design & Engineer > Customer View

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