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RatedPower is on a mission to digitalize the renewable energy industry and maximize clean energy’s potential through cloud-based solutions.


RatedPower’s software, pvDesign, is the standard cloud-based software for designing and engineering utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) plants. Helping development, EPC and solar engineering firms to reduce LCOE by maximising energy production and reducing construction costs.


Developer teams use pvDesign to prospect plots of land faster and try out different plant configurations in order to find the best investment opportunities quicker than ever. Teams at EPC companies use pvDesign to cast winning quotes to their offtakers, minimizing PV projects costs.


It reduces 85% of the time solar professionals spent designing PV plants from 4-6 weeks to under 2 minutes. The software has reportedly reduced by 5% the LCOE of solar plants designed with it, which translates to a 20% higher solar plant profitability. It has optimised 2,000 GW in more than 150 countries.


Reduce LCOE through RatedPower's solar software

 Press Releases

  • Black & Veatch compares pvDesign in a thorough analysis against PVsyst finding a 0.42% average difference in same parameterized simulations


    Madrid, August 3rd 2021, Black & Veatch, the leading engineering, procurement, consulting, and construction company has carried out a thorough study of pvDesign to analyze the accuracy and adequacy of its energy model to simulate solar projects.


    The report focuses in two main areas:

    • A benchmark analysis of pvDesign and PVsyst on four separate design/technology cases.

    • Perform a review of pvDesigns energy production estimation algorithms.


    With regards to the benchmark analysis, Black & Veatch compared pvDesign and PVsyst simulation results for four different cases modelling power plants which had DC capacities of approximately 100 MWdc. These cases include fixed tilt and single axis tracker configurations and monofacial and bifacial modules deployed in Germany, Texas (United States), and Spain. With an average magnitude of 0.42%, the differences between the energy injected into the grid computed by pvDesign and PVsyst ranged from 0.07 to 1.08%, always being pvDesign’s estimates higher.


    On the other hand, Black & Veatch reviewed two of the major algorithms implemented in pvDesign – the computations of solar position angle and the irradiance received on the back face of a bifacial module – for technical accuracy. These algorithms were also compared to the ones used in PVsyst. Black & Veatch believes that both algorithms follow the same general approach in pvDesign and PVsyst and conforms with standard industry practice.


    This report proves RatedPower’s commitment to provide a trustworthy energy model that its customers can rely on and feel comfortable with since the results are accurate and comply with the industry standards. pvDesign will continue working towards a fully global bankability and to become the one-stop suite for solar development.


    “We had internally compared our energy model against PVsyst and we knew we were close. Black & Veatch has helped us validate our previous work and given further credibility to our energy estimates” . Mario Benneckers (product Manager at RatedPower)


    To find out more about this report and read it in full, please go here.


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