Formatting Inverter Blocks
The Format Layout Region Dialog
To help you create layout regions suitable for inverter blocks there is the Format Layout Region dialog.
To use this dialog - in the Layout Regions tab, select the layout region you wish to format and click on the 'Format...' button:
The 'Format Layout Region' dialog appears that allows you to set several properties of the layout region.
This dialog can also be used to format non-inverter block regions - though it will completely change the layout region's shape and content so make sure this is something you wish to do.
The Setup tab
Its rectangular size (it forces it to be rectangular)
Specify the number of rows and columns of racks or trackers
Or specify the absolute size across and down (in metres)
Or specify the DC/AC ratio. This calculates the number of strings with the selected inverter and module specifications -- assuming you are also adding a central inverter and allocates the appropriate number of racks or trackers.
The fixed-tilt rack or tracker system to use when adding racks or trackers.
The pitch value.
The tilt value (for rack layout regions)
Add a central inverter and automatically assign strings
The inverter specification to use
The module specification to use
The string length
The string pattern
The Inverter tab
- Set the position of the central inverter relative to the rectangular layout region
The Roads tab
Set the inclusion of a vertical and/or horizontal road in the layout region.
- Specify the road width and the position of its centre line.
The Margins tab
- Set the margins from the edges of the layout region to the racks or trackers within.
Click on the 'Apply' button (or press the Return keyboard key) to apply the current parameters to the currently selected layout region. It will update for you to see.
Formatting inverter blocks using scripting
The functionality available in the Format Layout Region dialog above is also available via scripting via functions on the LayoutBoundary class.
See Define Inverter Blocks for more detailed information on using scripting to format layout regions for inverter blocks.