Horizon Files Overview
There are several file formats the Horizon profiles can be presented in, below are a few examples and their sources.
Inside Pathfinder: create the report, then go to: File > Export > Export HOR File.
Sample file HOR file
2. Obstruction Elevation (CSV)
- Solmetric Suneye
Elevation is shown for the highest shade-causing obstruction for every 1° of azimuth. The azimuth is given in two different range formats: 0° to 360° and -180° to +180°. In the -180° to +180° format, 0° is south when in the northern hemisphere and north when in the southern hemisphere. HelioScope uses the -180° to +180° format.
Sample file ObstructionElevations file
The SolarAnywhere horizon data is in two columns as a .xls file. The first column is the Azimuth (deg) (0-359) and the second is the Elevation. To format it correctly for HeliScope, copy and paste the second column into the example elevation HOR .csv linked to above.
If using the CSV sample file to format your own horizon File, please add your elevation data to column C Average Elevation.
Note that some Horizon files may have to be edited, removing the header and excess data, in order to make them match the examples above.
Once you have the Horizon file for your Project, follow the steps in the Horizon Shading article to upload it to HelioScope.