How to export a PV Collada tracker scene to PVsyst

In this article, we will learn how to export a PV Collada (.PVC) tracker scene to PVsyst.

For each design, pvDesign will generate a zip file with one or more .PVC files. This file allows users to export the shading scene from pvDesign to PVsyst. Multiple files are generated only when the size of the PV plant is too big and results in one .PVC file being too heavy to export to PVsyst.

This article will show you how to do this process in the case of trackers:

  1. Open PVsyst.
  2. Enter the specified project.
  3. Go to the 'Near shadings' tab.
  4. Click on 'Construction / Perspective'.
  5. On the upper tab, go to FileImport Import a 3D scene (3DS, DAE, PVC).
  6. A new window will open, just click on OK. (The units should be set at 'Meters (m)' by default and the 'Automatic' checkbox should be enabled).

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With this, PVsyst will load the 3D scene. Now, given that the scene contains trackers, it is important to enable the backtracking option.

To do so, go to ToolsBacktracking management. Then enable the 'Backtracking' checkbox and click on OK.

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After enabling the backtracking, you are almost done loading the shadings scene. The final step is optional but recommended, it consists in defining the string partition scheme. By default, PVsyst considers that all trackers have one string each. This, however, may not be the case. So, to fix this, you can apply some string partition.

To do so, you can do the following:

  1. Double-click on any of the trackers/structures.
  2. On the right-hand sidebar, go the to 'Partition' tab.
  3. Enable the 'Define partition' checkbox.
  4. Modify the 'Number of rectangle strings' values to get something similar or close to your actual structure.
  5. Select the 'All tables of the scene' option.
  6. Click on the 'Apply' button.
  7. Click on the 'Close object' button.

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After that, you can click on the 'Close scene' button. This will return you to the 'Near shadings' window where you will have to click on the 'Table' button to generate the shading values.


  • Before clicking on the 'Table' button, you will need to make sure the electrical configuration and the orientation are properly designed in PVsyst and that they match the design configuration in pvDesign.
  • To get the right orientation, you can click on the 'Update orientation parameters' button.


    1. If you get an error message in PVsyst like below, you can fix it by overwriting the maximum tilt spread for the tracking axis in "Settings" -- "Edit Advanced Parameters" -- "Verifications on General system parameters--Tracking: maximum axis tilt spread".
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      bifacial overwrite

2. The setting of bifacial modules and tracker structures will be computed in PVsyst using a 2D model, instead of 3D modeling. For more information regarding PVsyst calculation regarding bifacial systems, please check their article.

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