How to create a custom MV route on a site

Learn what customized Medium Voltage(MV) routes are, what they are for, and how to create them.

Do you want to define the MV route to connect different available areas to the substation? Do you want to fully customize your medium voltage trajectories between areas?
This article aims to explain how you can define MV routes and show you some examples in practice.

What are MV routes?

A customized MV route is a user-defined path that can be added to the MV cabling layout. These segments are useful to connect (via electrical cable) different available areas to the substation.

So, what does this look like?

By drawing a path in the KML, we can see how pvDesign traces the MV cable as defined by the user rather than going to the substation in a straight line.

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Connecting different AAs to the substation

In the next example, by utilizing different customized MV cables, we can connect different available areas (AA) to the substation. In order to do so, we will need to define the path between the available areas to the substation polygon. 

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MV routes between AAs

This tool also allows you to define the connection between different AA polygons (distinct available areas). Therefore, you will need to define the path between available areas. 

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Helpful Hints

There are some special cases and conditions needed to use this tool:

  • Substation MV point is still mandatory. If customized MV routes are used, there is no need to define an MV point within the AA. 
  • An MV route can only be used to connect the MV cables from an AA to the ST(substation) or from the AA to another AA.
    • If you want to connect the AA to the ST, an end of the MV route has to be placed within the AA and, the other end has to be placed within the ST polygon.
    • If you want to connect the AA to another AA, both ends of the MV route have to be placed within the AAs (one endpoint inside each).

In other words, an MV route must serve as a link between AAs or between AA and ST.

How to create custom MV routes

After defining your site's KML/KMZ file (as per the article on how to create a site), you can opt to customize your MV route following these steps:

1. Open the site's KML/KMZ file in Google Earth (desktop edition).

2. Inside the initial site folder, create a new folder called "mv cable".

Right-click on the folder and go to Add Folder

3. Inside the "mv cable" folder, you can define different MV routes from available areas to the substation or between available areas. To do so, you must use the path tool. You can name these routes whatever you want.

Right-click on the "mv cable" folder and go to Add Path 

4. The final step is to save the whole folder (in other words the main folder) as a KML or a KMZ.

5. You can now upload the KML or KMZ file to pvDesign. Done!

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