Program to produce single line diagrams?

HI

I am looking for an easy to use program that can produce single line diagrams. We need to submit these to the LDC when we put in an application to connect. It used to be that they would only need a single line drawing when we were ready to install but the process has changed and the LDC now needs a SLD at the start of the process. Our electriction would produce and submit these before but we need to do them ourselves as these applications may not turn into jobs, so we don't want our electriction wasting his time on our paperwork.

Thanks

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  • GreenerPowerGreenerPower Solar Expert Posts: 264 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?

    Visio works for me.

    GP
  • ggunnggunn Solar Expert Posts: 1,973 ✭✭✭
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?

    Google Sketchup in Engineering space works well for that, and it's free.
  • mr.radonmr.radon Solar Expert Posts: 158 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?

    I used Power Point. Worked, took longer but worked.
  • ggunnggunn Solar Expert Posts: 1,973 ✭✭✭
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?
    mr.radon wrote: »
    I used Power Point. Worked, took longer but worked.

    I did that a couple of times. It's like trying to change a tire with a screwdriver - the wrong tool for the job.
  • GreenerPowerGreenerPower Solar Expert Posts: 264 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?

    It's all depend on how familiar you are with the tool. For simple one-line, even paint-brush works for me - lines, circles/ovals, rectangles, text - that's all you need to use.

    GP
  • solarixsolarix Solar Expert Posts: 713 ✭✭
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?

    I'm not sure how much I recommend it, but I use SuperCAD by Mentala.com. A schematic oriented system which makes solar drawings easily. About $250 I think.
  • nsaspooknsaspook Solar Expert Posts: 396 ✭✭✭
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?

    Dia is a "simple" Visio clone for Linux and Windows.

    http://live.gnome.org/Dia/Links

    Windows port: http://dia-installer.de/
  • ggunnggunn Solar Expert Posts: 1,973 ✭✭✭
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?
    It's all depend on how familiar you are with the tool. For simple one-line, even paint-brush works for me - lines, circles/ovals, rectangles, text - that's all you need to use.

    GP
    Nevertheless, Google Sketchup, a free program, is a much better alternative, IMO.
  • n3qikn3qik Solar Expert Posts: 741 ✭✭
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?

    Drawing from the Open Office suit.
    Here is a sample:
  • ggunnggunn Solar Expert Posts: 1,973 ✭✭✭
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?

    Here's a sample in Google SketchUp/LayOut.
  • mr.radonmr.radon Solar Expert Posts: 158 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?

    I didn't know google sketchup did line drawings! I used this to do shading analysis, i'll have to look into that.
    I use Pro-Diagram at work, but that is overkill for what the utilities need/L&I needed for the permit.
    Power Point took me all of 30 minutes. Wish i had Visio.
  • HTG PVinPAHTG PVinPA Registered Users Posts: 16
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?

    Smart Draw works well. Not free. They have templates and symbols. If your doing quite a few a year it will pay for the time saved. Cost is $197. You can download it for 6 days and try it out. I used it for a solar hot water install and it worked well. I plan to purchase it.
  • HTG PVinPAHTG PVinPA Registered Users Posts: 16
    Re: Program to produce single line diagrams?

    Well, I thought I attached a pdf to my reply, but it isn't showing up. I clicked on the paperclip and it said it uploaded so I closed the window. But, don't see any attachment.

    I tried.
  • SolarDesignToolSolarDesignTool Registered Users Posts: 1
    You can generate a single-line diagram using SolarDesignTool in a few minutes. It will generate a PDF, DWG, and DXF as an 8.5 X 11 or 11 X 17.

    It supports residential size systems -- two or fewer string inverters (single or multi-MPPT), inverters with optimizers (such as SolarEdge), microinverters, and AC modules. You can't use it for commercial size systems.

    Here's a link to a page that describes the feature. http://get.solardesigntool.com/features/single-line-diagrams/

    Disclaimer: I am the founder of the company and helped develop this feature.





  • rahulio25rahulio25 Registered Users Posts: 1
    Disclaimer: I work for Aurora Solar

    If you're in the solar industry and looking to create single-line diagrams, you should check out Aurora Solar. Our tool does a lot more than just single-line diagrams and you can find a more in-depth answer on what Aurora can do here: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-best-software-for-modelling-a-PV-system
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