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Software assists with solar installation

AppliCad has introduced tools for its roof estimating software that help designers optimize the placement of solar panels.

The software tools are said to place panels on roof models and automatically quantify all accessory items for panel installation. The applications also feature a shadow analysis tool, which accounts for roof fixtures such as vents, HVAC units and chimney stacks that may cast shadows on solar panels. The tools are said to be easy to use and reportedly also can calculate the potential for ice dams and snow loads.

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