This Feedback Forum is for you to share comments or suggestions to help Solar Pathfinder continuously improve the Solar Pathfinder to meet the needs of our customers and the industry.
Use for locating greenhouse or sunroom
by Ron P
By using the Pathfinder this afternoon I see I have 2 good sites in my backyard for a greenhouse, and I also see I could add a workable sunroom to my house. I feel that the Pathfinder paid for itself already. If my backyard turned out to have too little winter light, then I would have taken the Pathfinder and my camera with me when I went house hunting!
"Must have" piece of gear for solar installers!
by Joe Schwartz -- CEO & Tech Editor of HomePower Magazine
The Solar Pathfinder is a must have piece of gear for every installer's tool kit!
by Dean Moffatt -- Architect, Sundesigns Architects
Unsurpassed for the professional analysis of solar characteristics at any proposed site and for a graphic display to clients.
Great tool for certified solar site assessors
by Clay Sterling -- MREA
We have found the Solar Pathfinder to be a simple, straight forward tool for training certified solar site assessors. The Solar Pathfinder provides all the answers for the people in the field and the home owner.
by Ron Thornton -- Physics Dept., Tufts Univ.
Clever engineering for functional low cost!
Emergency Management Tool
by Randall D. Dunning
As an emergency communicator and a volunteer first responder specializing in disaster recovery communications, I would not be without a Solar Pathfinder. This is the only tool that can produce fast and accurate siting information for solar powered emergency equipment. During Katrina and Rita, there were adequate engine powered generators to meet need but fuel was inadequate causing most of these generators to be idled due to lack of fuel. One of the lessons learned from these events is the importance of using solar and wind to augment and stretch scarce emergency fuel reserves. The Solar Pathfinder makes it possible to site solar assets quickly and provides an accurate means of predicting solar power availability. I would not consider an emergency managers inventory complete that does not have access to a Solar Pathfinder. The Solar Pathfinder is part of my deployment kit for the EMCOM/EMPOWER Trailer my wife and I designed and built to support our volunteer activities.
Randall D. Dunning - KC5QHH
Member Scientific Staff, Nortel
Mayor Pro Tem, City of Garland, Texas
Member: NCTCoG EPPC, Garland RACES/ARES
DISCLAIMER: This endorsement is my personal endorsement of the Solar Pathfinder and does not constitute an endorsement of the product by Nortel, the City of Garland, the Garland City Council, North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Garland Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, or the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
Calculating tree height for wind apps.
by Craig Tarr
i pulled out my SP at a recent MREA wind site assessor workshop and created a buzz when i used it for calculating tree height for wind applications.
by J. Thomas
After overlaying the angle estimator onto the sun map and comparing data to the PVWATTS tool, it looks to me that ideal array tilt is about 5-10 degrees less than the angle at solar noon for each month. I guess that makes sense as I've read ideal azimuth is within 10 degrees of solar noon. So aligning panels within 10 degrees below solar noon at 180 deg azimulth means the panels may be in a better position as the sun's angle decends from solar noon.
Does that sound right?
Tool choice for value!
As a startup business trying to fund my own expenses this is truly the choice for value. Thank you for providing the tried and true, dependable, and accurate solar shade analysis tool!
Bee hive placement!!
by Living off the grid
Once again, I used my trusty Pathfinder. This time, I needed to find a place for my bee hives. Being in a warmer climate, I wanted them to have noon and early afternoon shade. I wanted them to spend their time making honey, not trying to keep their hive cool! Thanks for such a great instrument!
Ways I use the Pathfinder
by Dan Brown, Brown Consulting
I was the vender (Brown Consulting) that made friends with you at the kempton festival. I just found another use for the pathfinder. I was hired to locate a positon for a light tube on top of a house. The owners wanted to know where to put the light tube and how high to put it. I gave them the spot and we ended up installing it 4 ft. above the house for best results. Just thought you might want to know. I remember you asking me what I used it for. I have now used it for windows, Direct TV, overhangs, PV, house placement, garden placement and now light tubes.
by Lavelle Davis
Thanks for a great product American built, designed.
Re: American Built!!
by Solar Pathfinder
Yes, we are proud to be 100% American made of American components !!!
Great service; great software
by Curt Maxey
Thanks for your help in achieving an "on time" delivery. I think I opened the link at 1:00 p.m yesterday and I was sitting in the communication director's office with printed reports in hand by 3:00 p.m. He took my proposal to the ORNL Laboratory Director before COB yesterday and I should have a response today.
I appreciate your assistance.
Garden placement, etc.
by Sean Gere, Gere Tree Service
I just got my Solar Pathfinder, awesome!
Super fast service. Thanks!
I have talked to you in the past but I'm planning on using the Pathfinder for garden placement and other shade related issues. Let me know if there are other products that you offer that would help me out.
Owner- Gere Tree Care
Outstanding Customer Service!
by Solar Boy Dave
This company has some outstanding customer service. I would recommend solar path finder software to everyone in the in the solar site assessment business. This product makes the site assessor job so much easier, and very professional looking. Thank-you for making site assessing easier, solar pathfinder is so very important to a successful site assessment.
Thanx Solar boy Dave
WOW! FactorGreetings Michelle
by Floris van Ooyen
We purchased a couple of Solar Pathfinders from you a few years ago.
I can’t say enough about them.
We use them both as:
• Design tool for sizing PV
• a competitive advantage, as none of our competitor have them
• Wow factor, neat and professional looking tool
• Rental income. One of our pathfinders has been ‘sold’ and rebated several times. We sell it to the client if they’re not close by then credit them for most of the cost of the unit when they return it and start purchasing from us.
Please provide me with dealer pricing.
I'm excited about my new SPF and Assistant software, which I bought to
remove some of the guesswork from our home landscaping efforts. And I'm
amazed that this tool isn't more prevalent in the gardening world. My wife
the Master Gardener wants to show it off to the other county MG's, some of
whom run garden consulting businesses which could really benefit from it. I
just wish the software had the option of displaying its results directly in
gardening terminology, like "hours of morning sunlight" and "hours of