About this course

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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Course outline

2 modules • 22 assignments • 19 minutes of video lectures

Module 1 • 9 assignments
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 • 11 assignments
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
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    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

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.
How long do I have access to the materials?
For free courses there is no guarantee for how long the course materials will be available.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes, this is a free course so you can share this page with other people from your group.


Based on 28 reviews
students have taken this course

gives a lot of designing software recommendations, clear and short

Abdulrahman Fedda

Great experience

Ibrahim Emmanuel Wali
Engineer , Living safe Nigeria limited

Good information for use of tools

Muhammad Naeem Akhtar

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