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By Tracy Fosterling, Brooke Morales
on 12/13/2018
  • pacific gas and electric
  • tou rate schedules
  • utility rates
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has started implementing their new Time-of-use (TOU) rates as part of their 2017 General Rate Case (GRC). In part 1 of this blog we're going to focus on the key changes PG&E is making to their residential rates, and the implication it has on solar and storage project economics. Given that PG&E is the largest utility territory in the United States, with over 5.5 million electric customers served, their rate design changes set an important precedent nationwide. read more...
By John Gurski
on 11/28/2018
  • energy storage
  • energy toolbase
  • software update
We published a software update over the Thanksgiving weekend that refactors the way we simulate energy storage projects, fixes a few bugs, and also includes a couple new features. read more...
By Tracy Fosterling, Brooke Morales, Erin Christensen
on 11/14/2018
  • energy toolbase
  • rates database
  • utility rates
There are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes the economics of a solar plus storage project. From incentives, to equipment to your location, all of these things play a role in estimating the cost and viability of a project. But one thing that might be at the top of that list is utility rate schedules. They are time consuming to comprehend and always changing. Installers/developers probably know pretty well that you won’t be going through them with a fine-tooth comb. Accurate and transparent rates play a big part in estimating the avoided cost of a project. read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 10/17/2018
  • battery storage
  • CivicSolar
  • solar installers
As solar and energy storage technologies continue to evolve, along with the policy landscape in different regional markets across the country, distributors are playing a more crucial role than ever. CivicSolar is an innovative distribution company that partners with installers and developers throughout North America. In addition to selling countless different types of solar and storage equipment, CivicSolar provides support and technical services to its dealers, which enables them to cost-effectively design, sell and install systems. read more...
By Adam Gerza
on 9/20/2018
  • energy storage
  • rate schedules
  • TOU rates
Homeowners are installing energy storage systems (ESS) in their homes for different reasons. The residential energy storage market is continuing to ramp up on a hockey-stick shaped growth trajectory. According to Wood Mackenzie’s Q3 2018 U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report, the residential segment added 57.5 MWh of storage capacity nationwide last quarter, which is more than the 39.8 MWh installed all last year. The report also shows that California continues to be the leading state for storage deployments in the residential sector. read more...