After you create your project, you need to identify the location where you would like to place your modules. For rooftop solar, this is done by tracing an outline of the roof that you will be designing solar for, and then using Aurora's algorithms to convert that into a 3D model.
First, in the project sidebar on the left, click on Site Model and drag the green icon to the center of the house, or close to an edge facing the street (if applicable).
Outlining the roof
We will now begin to draw the roof.
- From the sidebar on the right, select the SmartRoof button to mark roof edges.
- Move the crosshair to the top left corner of the building. Click to place a node.
- Continue to place nodes sequentially at any corner. After clicking on the first node, move your mouse down and click to place a node at the intersection in the bottom left. Repeat this process for all corners
If you make a mistake, click on the node and hit delete on your keyboard, or you can hit ctrl + Z (⌘ + Z on Mac) to undo the action. To continue drawing, return to the last existing node and double-click it.
- To complete the perimeter, hover your mouse over node 1 and click on it to complete the roof shape.
Creating roof structure
Once you are done with drawing the roof edges, double click outside of the roof on the screen. Aurora will intelligently structure and apply azimuths or any rooftop setbacks you have preset to your model.