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NEARMAP ON OPENSOLAR

What is OpenSolar?

OpenSolar is an application that provides a simple, fast and powerful tool for solar professionals, available online as a cloud-based app.

The application uses fast and accurate SolarTouch design technology to create beautiful proposals in seconds, it includes deep 3D modelling toolsroof geometry on obliques, it provides a modern, digital experience for your customers, with multiple system and finance options, online sales tools and digital product content, plus beautiful configurable PDF proposals. 

OpenSolar is a full end-to-end business management toolkit, with CRM to drive business efficiencies, scale and profitability, and is suitable for both residential and commercial uses.

What is Nearmap on OpenSolar?

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Nearmap on OpenSolar gives you superbly clear, reliable detail at every step, from design to proposal to permitting to installation.

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Watch the Nearmap on OpenSolar product walkthrough


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Getting started

You need a Nearmap on OpenSolar subscription. If Nearmap on OpenSolar is not currently part of your subscription, please contact a Nearmap Account Manager about the Nearmap on OpenSolar add-on.

There are two ways to get up and running with Nearmap on OpenSolar:

  1. You don't yet have an OpenSolar account

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This guide includes all the information that is specific for Nearmap on OpenSolar users, and includes the following sections:

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OpenSolar Help Center 

OpenSolar's Help Center provides information on all the functionalities of OpenSolar, including an Orientation Video, the structure of the application, the different zones of the application, and FAQ.

Nearmap on OpenSolar Page Layout

The Nearmap on OpenSolar landing page includes the following elements:

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1) Search

Use the search box to search for an address or a contact within your projects. 

2) New Project

Click on New Project to add a project. Please refer to How to Create a New Project in OpenSolar's Help Center.

Note that as a new user, your account is created with sample projects that are restricted to your country.

3) Settings

When you click on the Settings icon you will see the following three options:

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  • Support & Feedback - clicking this will take you to OpenSolar's Help Center
  • Settings - clicking this will take you to a configuration screen:
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    The configuration screen allows you to login to Nearmap, to update your personal details, and to view the user agreement and privacy policy.
  • Logout - clicking this will log you out of the application

4) Projects

Click on Projects to go to the Projects zone. The Projects zone includes everything you need to organise your clients and installation projects.

For the complete guide on the Projects zone, please refer to Projects Zone in OpenSolar's Help Center.

5) Studio

Click on Studio to go to the Studio zone. The Studio zone includes in-depth overviews on how to make the most of OpenSolar's powerful design software.

For the complete guide on the Studio zone, please refer to Studio Zone in OpenSolar's Help Center.

This is the only part of the OpenSolar application that is affected by the Basic Design mode, as explained in detail in the Basic Mode Studio Zone section.

6) MyEnergy

Click on MyEnergy to go to the MyEnergy section of the application. MyEnergy is where you create your Solar proposals.

For the complete guide on the MyEnergy section, please refer to MyEnergy in OpenSolar's Help Center.

7) Control

Click on Control to go to the Control zone. The Control zone will teach you how to set up your modules, organise your team and much more. Please note that only an Admin can access the Control section of OpenSolar.

For the complete guide on the Studio zone, please refer to Control Zone in OpenSolar's Help Center.

8) Help Center

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  2. You already have a free OpenSolar account

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Before you start using Nearmap on OpenSolar, it's worth familiarising yourself with the OpenSolar interface.

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Designing with Nearmap on OpenSolar

Two design modes are available to you :

  1. Basic design mode

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  2. Full design mode

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Nearmap Smarts in OpenSolar

Nearmap Oblique imagery

Nearmap on OpenSolar uses high resolution, regularly updated Nearmap oblique imagery that enables extremely accurate solar designs and energy output calculations.

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Analyse Shading - coming soon

View seasonal shading and produce accurate bankable shading reports powered by current Nearmap elevation data.


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OpenSolar Help Center 

OpenSolar's Help Center provides information on all the functionalities of OpenSolar, including an Orientation Video, the structure of the application, the different zones of the application, and FAQ.


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