Pylon uses hi-res aerial imagery and 3D solar shading simulation to accurately predict solar output –

While many solar installations require a site visit, Pylon is pleased to announce the launch of its new 3D-shading simulation tool which can accurately predict solar energy output. Pylon does this using high-resolution aerial imagery and 3D shade modelling.

Pylon uses hi-res aerial imagery and 3D solar shading simulation

Image (c) Pylon

Aerial imagery is acquired by using planes to fly overhead and capture imagery that is within 5cm per pixel of resolution. 

Using Pylon, you can then calculate the height of an object using the length of its shadow and the position of the sun at that time. Knowing the object’s height, users can then estimate year-round shading and apply average daylight hours to predict energy outputs. 

The tool reduces the need for a site visit before a solar installation. 

“Pylon 3D is designed to take the guesswork out of solar shading,” commented Nelson Zheng, CEO at Pylon.

“Everything about running a solar business has been transformed by technology, but installers still needed to be on the ground, on-site to assess shading accurately.”

Pylon also includes a database of solar components like panels, inverters, and batteries so your output, storage, and consumption can be easily modelled. 

For professional installers, Pylon also addresses compliance requirements with industry bodies. Solar retailers can now provide accurate shading losses within their written contracts to the consumer in accordance with industry codes

Because Pylon charges only a $4 per project fee, there are no overheads to get a state-of-the-art design tool with high-resolution imagery. 

Along with access to good imagery, software like Pylon has enabled residential solar growth in Australia, the Netherlands, and the USA.

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June 9, 2021 sally Wood