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Paul Gilman
Registering SAM

When you start SAM for the first time after installing it, it displays the SAM Registration window where you provide an email address to register your copy of SAM. Registration is free, and allows us to keep count of how many people are using SAM. We use this information in our reports to the U.S. Department of Energy, which funds NREL's work on SAM, making it possible for you to use the software for free.

To register SAM:

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Avoid the Dark Side

Just a head’s up. Those of you using MAC OS-X Mojave, make sure you select Light setting under Appearance in General, System Peferences. The dark setting obscures text on input screen and otherwise confounds the data input process.

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BUILD SAM ON MAC | fatal error while building ssc

you find the question in the document attached.
Looking forward to hearing from you!


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installation error

Hello sir,

I have some error, when i open SAM. I have Attached error message

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SSC Build Error

I am building the SAM Open Source and ran into an issue in building the SSC solution. Attached is the image of the error message I get.

I tried deleting google test and re-building and releasing it because of the C1083 error code suggesting a file missing in the googletest. I also have tried multiple different folders in the google test as my environment variables.

Do you have any other suggestions?

Thank you,


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Where is a SAM user file stored in my computer

When I leave SAM I don't see where I can save it to a file, so I just close it. I assume there is a file somewhere, and I click the open file button when I start SAM back up, but don't know where to go find it.

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Congratulations on open source

Just a quick congratulations on making SAM open source! This is a truly wonderful resource and I am sure that the open source community will contribute a great deal to the future development of SAM. Just a small question - can you add Linux to the choice of OS in the profile options?

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Is it possible to change my SAM registration email?

I will stop using the email address I registered with SAM. How can I change it?

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Installing and using SAM on ubuntu/python

I installed SAM (linux) on the server.


I also copied the file from the distribution.

I tried running the code at but ran into some challenges.

What are the other missing steps that others have taken?

I would love to connect with anyone that is using the python wrapper on ubuntu to talk to SAM sdk only without running the full app and from python.


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SSC Guide Missing From SDK

Recently I downloaded the SAM SDK, v.2.17r2.

The SSC_Guide PDF is missing from this download. Is there an alternate location where I can download the guide directly? I've attached an image of the unzipped download for reference. Also, I the PDF is not present in the unzipped files.

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