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GnuAE is a GNOME/GTK compliant GUI for designing photovoltaic and wind powered houses with compliance to the National Electrical Code. As GnuAE has a database of components and current average prices, it can help you judge the total cost of a system by experimenting with different options like using a propane or DV fridge, or more or less reserve days or hours of sun.

GnuAE is also designed to make it much easier to wire for NEC code compliance without studying all 800 some pages of the NEC specification. Even for an electrician, the interdependencies between calculations is daunting. While DC wiring is much simpler than AC wiring, most off-grid household systems are both. There is even a built in NEC calculator for people that have a good feel for what they are doing, but want to also experiment with differing conduit sizes, parallel wire runs, and voltage drop.

GnuAE currently only runs on GNU/Linux & MacOSX, although some attention has been paid to eventual ports to M$ WinDoze (using cygwin). This is the initial alpha release, so your mileage may vary... I can think of a few bugs right now I need to fix before the first release. Sorry for the lame GUI, I'm not a GUI programmer, I'm more of a system hacker. Please contribute to the development of this project by helping track down bugs, or add features, or improve the GUI.

Downloading GnuAE

GnuAE releases (when the release is done) will be found on in the subdirectory /gnu/gnuae/ on your favorite GNU mirror.

The latest gnuae development sources are available via anonymous CVS. Use the following commands to check them out (just hit return when you are prompted for the password):

I use DIA for drawing wiring diagrams. Here's an additional sheet and shapes for alternate energy systems with things like inverters, photovoltaic panels, batteries, etc. As an example, here's a wiring example based on my own system.

export CVS_RSH="ssh"
cvs -z3 -d:ext:[email protected]:/cvsroot/gnuae co gnuae

For more detailed information on CVS usage at, read CVS Usage at You can also browse the sources.

For other ways to obtain GnuAE, please read How to get GNU Software


GnuAE documentation can be found at

Mailing Lists/Newsgroups

GnuAE has three mailing lists hosted at Archives of these lists are stored at

Announcements about GnuAE and most other GNU Software are made on <[email protected]>.

Request an Enhancement

If you would like any new feature to be included in future versions of GnuAE, please send a request to <[email protected]>

Please remember that development of GnuAE is a volunteer effort, and you can also contribute to its development. For information about contributing to the GNU Project, please read How to help GNU.

Report a Bug

If you think you have found a bug in GnuAE, then you should send as complete a report as possible to <[email protected]>.


GnuAE is currently being maintained by Rob Savoye

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