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Solar Design Guide: What You Need to Know

Discover the key to efficient solar design with our comprehensive guide. Save time, reduce errors, and cut costs with SolarPlanSets. Learn more!

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    In the dynamic landscape of renewable energy, the rise of solar power has been nothing short of astronomical. As more businesses incorporate solar into their portfolio, how to scale solar design services has been on the mind of many owners and project managers.

    This comprehensive guide aims to shed light on every aspect of commercial solar design, specifically tailored to companies seeking to hire a PV design firm like SolarPlanSets to make their plan sets on their behalf. This guide covers cost-efficiency, ease of management, error reduction, and scalability. Let’s dive in!

    Importance of Efficient Solar Design

    An optimized solar design is the bedrock of any successful solar installation. It takes into account a multitude of factors like local climate, site characteristics, energy needs, and regulatory requirements. A poorly designed system not only leads to inefficiency and higher costs but can also pose risks. By utilizing our expertise, businesses can ensure they have an efficient, compliant, and safe solar plan set tailored to their unique project needs.


    Cost-effectiveness is a key advantage of outsourcing PV plan set design needs to a specialist firm like SolarPlanSets. Investing in an in-house team can be costly and time-consuming, while outsourcing presents an efficient, economical alternative. SolarPlanSets offers expert solutions at a fraction of the cost. Here’s how we help businesses save:

    • Expertise at your fingertips: With us, you access a team of experts with vast experience in solar design, eliminating the need to build a team from scratch.
    • No Training Costs: We save you the significant investment of training a team to understand the complexities of solar design.
    • Up-to-date Knowledge: Our team stays current with industry changes, ensuring your designs are modern and efficient.
    • Cutting-Edge Software: We use the latest design software, saving you the cost of procuring and updating these tools.
    • Time Savings: With SolarPlanSets, you get a ready-made team of experts, saving you the time of recruiting, training, and managing an in-house team.

    Choosing us for your solar design needs isn’t just an economical decision; it’s a strategic choice that delivers quality, efficiency, and peace of mind.

    Ease of Management

    Managing an in-house solar design team can be a daunting task. It involves constant coordination and supervision. When you outsource your solar design needs to us, we make the requested plan set that you need based on the information you submit to us within 2 business days. Our professionals ensure that your design is ready on time and that any issues are swiftly handled without needing your intervention.

    Reducing Errors

    Solar design is a precise science. Even a minor error can lead to considerable inefficiencies or regulatory non-compliance. SolarPlanSets uses industry-leading software and employs trained professionals who are adept at spotting and correcting potential errors. The result? A design plan that’s compliant, efficient, and less prone to errors.

    Scalability (Up & Down)

    Whether you’re a small electrician firm or a large solar company, SolarPlanSets can scale its services to meet your needs. There’s no need to worry about the size of your project or the complexity of the task. Our vast team of skilled designers can handle everything from small residential projects to large commercial solar design projects with the same attention to detail and precision.

    We understand the solar coaster. Usually during the winter or more cloudy and colder months when there are low periods of sales in the year. We make it hassle and pain-free to both increase and decrease capacity without having to deal with layoffs or new training.

    Regulatory Compliance

    Solar design involves much more than just positioning panels for maximum sunlight. It’s a meticulous process that must consider numerous factors to achieve optimal performance and stay within the lines of the law. At SolarPlanSets, we prioritize regulatory compliance, ensuring your solar project ticks all legal boxes:

    • Adherence to Local and National Regulations: Every region has specific regulations regarding solar installations. We ensure your project meets these requirements.
    • Building Codes Compliance: Our designs respect all relevant building codes, mitigating the risk of potential regulatory issues down the line.
    • Electrical Standards: We meticulously follow established electrical standards, ensuring safety and functionality.
    • Prevention of Legal Issues and Fines: By maintaining stringent compliance, we help protect your business from costly fines and legal complications.

    With SolarPlanSets, your solar design will be as efficient as it is compliant. You can focus on your business while we take care of the intricate details of your solar project.

    Understanding PV System Components

    A successful solar design is more than just arranging solar panels. It involves understanding and planning the placement and integration of all PV system components – from inverters and batteries to mounting systems and cabling. SolarPlanSets’ comprehensive knowledge of PV system components allows us to create sophisticated designs that optimize every part of your solar installation.

    SolarPlanSets: Your Trusted Partner

    We are committed to providing top-notch solar design services. Our team of professionals combines their technical expertise with a customer-centric approach to offer you an experience that is both satisfactory and beneficial. We understand that every project is unique, and we take the time to understand your needs and customize our services accordingly.

    How to Order Plan Sets

    Ordering plan sets from us couldn’t be easier or more efficient. We’ve streamlined the process to ensure your experience with us is as straightforward as possible. Simply visit our drafting service page, select the service you need, pay, and fill out an online form with your project’s specific details.

    After we receive your data, our skilled team of designers will meticulously create the solar plan set you need. This could include a solar plan set, energy storage plan, or a generator plan set – all tailored to your unique requirements. Experience the convenience and reliability of SolarPlanSets today.

    Our Service Offerings

    At SolarPlanSets, we offer a diverse range of specialized services to cater to your specific project needs. With a commitment to delivering excellence, each plan set meets all state, local, and utility requirements and is delivered within a reliable 2-business-day timeframe.

    PV Plan Set (Regular – 2 business days) – $169

    Our PV Plan Set package caters to projects that involve the installation of solar panels only, without battery backup. The Plan Set includes:

    • Cover Sheet
    • Site Plan
    • Roof Framing Plan
    • Electrical Plan
    • Single Line Diagram
    • Labels

    Note: Permit and Certification fees are not included.

    Order | Learn More

    PV Plan Set with Energy Storage (Regular – 2 business days) – $299

    We also offer a comprehensive plan set for projects involving the installation of solar panels with a battery backup. This plan set comprises:

    • Cover Sheet
    • Site Plan
    • Roof Framing Plan
    • Electrical Plan
    • Single Line Diagram
    • Labels

    Note: Permit and Certification fees are not included.

    Order | Learn More

    Generator Plan Set (Regular – 2 business days) – $299

    For those looking to install a generator, our Generator Plan Set package includes:

    • Cover Sheet
    • Site Plan
    • Electrical Plan
    • Single Line Diagram
    • Labels

    Note: Permit and Engineering Certifications fees are not included.

    Order | Learn More

    What Our Plan Sets Do NOT Include

    Our plan sets do not include load calculations, structural or electrical engineering, or phone support. Also, there’s no expedited service available. For these services and more options for custom projects, our designers can help you meet your needs. Here is an example of our residential solar plan set for your review.


    The power of the sun is immense, and harnessing it requires meticulous planning and precise execution. As the industry continues to evolve, so too does the complexity of commercial solar design. Choosing to outsource solar plan sets, including energy storage and generator plan sets, can offer significant advantages over developing an in-house team. It’s cheaper, easier to manage, less prone to errors, and scalable up and down.

    Our solar planners are here to make your company as effective as possible. Our vast experience and commitment to excellence ensure that when you choose us, you’re choosing a partner dedicated to delivering the best solar design services in the industry.

    Solar Design FAQs

    Here are a few common questions we get asked the most. If you do not see yours, feel free to contact support.

    What is commercial solar design?

    Commercial solar design involves planning and creating blueprints for solar energy systems in commercial spaces. It’s a critical step in the installation process that ensures your system meets your energy needs, is compliant with regulations, and operates at maximum efficiency.

    Why should I outsource my solar design needs?

    Outsourcing your solar design needs to SolarPlanSets is cost-effective, easier to manage, less prone to errors, and scalable. We have a team of experienced professionals who stay updated with the latest industry trends and regulations to ensure you receive top-quality design services.

    What kind of projects can you handle?

    We can handle a wide range of projects, from small residential installations to large commercial solar designs. Our services include creating solar plan sets, energy storage plans, and generator plan sets.

    How do you ensure the quality of their designs?

    We employ highly trained professionals and use industry-leading software in our design process. Every design undergoes a rigorous review process to catch and correct any potential errors.

    How can I order plan sets?

    You can order plan sets by selecting the drafting service you need. After you pay, you will be asked to submit a form with the project data we will need. Afterward, we will reach out to you and begin working on your project.

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