Consumers are becoming more and more energy-savvy, and some aren’t even waiting until their house is built to design a solar system that will satisfy their needs.
Some Pylon users almost exclusively install solar on new house builds, and they find that, even though we update our high resolution imagery about once every month, this still isn’t recent enough for them to design a solar system with accuracy.
That’s why we allow you to upload your own imagery in PDF, JPG or PNG format so that you can design solar systems on architectural blueprints without needing to wait for the house to be built or for airplanes to fly overhead and capture hi-res aerial imagery.
If your blueprints include the location of trees and shrubbery, you can even create 3D shading projections by placing 3D objects on the plans in their specified locations and adjusting their heights to generate accurate shadows.
First, you will need to type in the address of the site location. It’s useful to keep your projects sorted by address, but Pylon also requires your lat / long so it can determine daylight hours and the angle of the sun.
At the bottom of the screen you will see a button to Upload Custom Imagery.
Click here - Pylon will accept files in PDF, PNG and JPG formats.
Next, measure a known length on the blueprint to put your design in scale. When you place panels on the roof, the available surface area will be determined by the length you set.
To help you be precise, press and hold the ruler point and Pylon will magnify the end location so you can drop it right where it needs to go.
Set the direction of North on your architectural plan. Pylon will use this to determine the position of the sun at all times.
Select the shading tool on the left and drag and drop a gable onto the roof. Resize it to fit the blueprint. It should match your plans perfectly.
Drag and drop panels onto the roof.
Use the shade estimator to drag trees onto the plan in their specified locations. You can adjust their height and width to match the blueprint. Pylon will then produce an accurate shading prediction on a house that hasn’t even been built yet!
You can find out more about Pylon’s features here.
Send your solar quote when it’s ready, and don’t forget to add eSignatures so your customer can sign it right away. Activate your Payment Gateway too so your customer can make their deposit from the proposal and lock in the contract.
Happy designing 😀
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