S-5!®, an authority on metal roof attachment technology, together with software developer PVComplete launches its new web-based solar calculator, designed to create sophisticated solar project layouts for standing seam and exposed-fastened metal roofs.
Users enter project data into S-5!’s Solar Calculator, including metal roof type and manufacturer, roof measurements, module size, module manufacturer, and seam spacing. Based on the selected job location, the fully engineered calculator computes the forces in the upward, downward, lateral, and downslope/parallel force according to ASCE 7. It also uses Google® Maps to assist with rooftop placement of modules.
The calculator provides module spacing recommendations to align standing seams with the module manufacturers mounting zones, as well as an energy output summary detailing how much energy the array will produce, the timeframe to achieve a return on investment, a bill of materials, and a full report available for an authority having jurisdiction.
The S-5! Solar Calculator is an intuitive web app that makes it easy for sales professionals and project developers to create advanced solar project layouts with little or no training. In the office or in the field, users can access the software via any computer device to create one or multiple solar design variations that can be exported to PDF in minutes to share with colleagues or as part of client proposals.