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Design and Installation
Product Training

Unirac's Faster Solar Design with Online Tools

Tristen Foley • Last updated 01/2023

4.8/5 (view ratings)
107 students
2 modules
19 minutes
22 assignments

Course description

Are you using the right tools for your solar design workflow?

There are many options for solar design tools, which can lead to confusion. Some are paid, and some are free - further adding to the confusion. This course offers a dynamic and engaging guide to the use of online design tools available for the solar industry.

This course is suited to any engineer, designer, or installer who needs to produce layouts for solar projects of any kind. We cover free and paid services for both residential and commercial applications and will train you to design faster and better using such tools as Unirac’s world-class U-builder software and Unirac’s Permitting Design Services. The course focuses on Unirac’s online tools, but the principles and best practices discussed can be applied across varying platforms.

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Faster Solar Design with Online Tools

  • Optional: Download the presentation materials (.pdf)
  • Welcome from your instructor (20 seconds)
  • What is this course about? (01:57 minutes)
  • Tools for creating faster designs (02:08 minutes)
  • Choosing the right tool for the job (54 seconds)
  • Introduction to U-Builder (01:55 minutes)
  • Sample design using U-Builder (08:59 minutes)
  • Implementing your designs (02:14 minutes)
  • Course wrap-up (50 seconds)
Module 2 - Links & Tools Mentioned in the Course

  • Aurora
  • Helioscope
  • Unirac's U Builder
  • Official ASCE 7 Code Hazard Tool
  • EagleView
  • Google Earth
  • Solargraf
  • PV Complete
  • Sighten
  • Go Solar Power
  • Greenlancer


Tristen Foley

Commercial Product Manager, Unirac

Tristen Foley started at Unirac in March of 2020 as an Associate Product manager. Since joining Unirac he has been the ground mount, flat roof, and now commercial product manager. Tristen has a bachelor’s degree in finance from New Mexico State University and is currently working on his MBA at the University of New Mexico. Learn more


22 reviews

107 students have taken this course

by Abdulrahman Fedda 12/12/2022

gives a lot of designing software recommendations, clear and short

by Ibrahim Emmanuel Wali, Engineer , Living safe Nigeria limited 10/01/2022

Great experience

by Muhammad Naeem Akhtar 08/29/2022

Good information for use of tools

by Paul S 09/15/2023

by Abhishek T 07/19/2023

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