This article is in the Studio section of the App.
Sections in this Article:
Tips on Navigation Studio Space, Your Systems, Your Panel Groups, Your Map Views, and Showing System/Maps Views to Customers
Tips on Navigating the Studio Space:
- Zoom in and out by scrolling on the mouse.
- Move around the map space by clicking and dragging.
- Select objects (modules, edges, points etc) by left clicking on them
- Move objects (modules, edges, points etc) by selecting them and then clicking on the button in the left sidebar.
- Delete objects (modules, edges, points etc) by selecting them and then clicking on the button in the left sidebar.
- always see what is currently selected by looking at the left hand sidebar.
When you first enter the Studio space for a given project, you will start designing your system in the yellow tab, seen at the top of your screen next to some project information (address, kWh consumption, and utility).
This tab is automatically named after how many panels are in the design, but this can be edited by clicking the pencil icon. Ensure you save the new title by clicking the save icon.
This system represents one particular system design. Within this system you can have numerous panel groups and can customise equipment, shading, and view the cost & margin. (see Customising Your Pricing, Equipment and Stringing for a System for additional detail).
Clicking the tab for your specific design will show you the following on the left-hand side bar:
From here, you can select your equipment, choose how you would like to price the system, and select payment options.
In order to create a new system, simply click on the ‘+ system’ icon which is next to your system list at the top part of the Studio screen.
When you click '+ system', you are given the option to duplicate the system, or create a new system. If you have multiple systems, OpenSolar will duplicate the highlighted tab.
If you have multiple system designs and would like to delete one, click the yellow tab of the system you would like to delete, and on the left-hand side bar, scroll to the bottom of the page and select .
Your Panel Groups
Within your system you have the ability to add panel groups by clicking on the button. This takes you into SolarTouch, where you can click, hold, and drag panels onto a roof.
Once you have created panel groups (see next section on Creating Your Design), you will be able to select panel groups either by clicking on the group in the top section or by clicking on the actual panel group in the map.
By clicking on a panel group, you are able to see and edit:
Your Map Views
Similar to the Systems and the Panel Groups, you can select the Map View from the bottom section of the Studio screen.
Your selected map view will appear highlighted, and the left hand sidebar confirms this as your selection.
From this left sidebar you can delete this view by clicking , or you can duplicate the view by clicking .
If you wish to change the map type from the standard Google maps, click on the drop down in the left hand sidebar.
Note: When viewing a top-down satellite image, North is towards the top of the screen. The oblique views face towards the direction they are defined as. eg. a North oblique looks FROM the South TO the North.
Showing Systems/Map Views to the Customer
By default, all systems you create in Studio will be displayed in the MyEnergy proposal. If you would like to design a system, but not include it in the proposal:
- Click into the specific tab for the system design, click on "Advanced Settings" on the left-hand side bar, and select "System Hidden from Customer"
- On the yellow tab, you will see a gray banner indicating that the system is hidden
To include additional map views, select the map view you would like to show, and on the left-hand side bar you can select .
When this box is ticked, a blue banner appears on the map view, indicating that this view will be shown to the customer.
Note: You must have at least one system which is selected to be shown to the customer, otherwise you cannot generate a proposal in MyEnergy.