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By Adam Gerza
on 3/13/2017
  • solar panel layout
  • solar pv design software
  • Solar Sales Software
Energy Toolbase announces today that they have gone live on their integration with HelioScope by Folsom Labs, the industry-leading solar photovoltaic (PV) system design tool that integrates system layout and performance modeling to simplify the process of engineering and selling solar projects. This integration allows users to fully leverage both best-in-class software tools in conjunction with one another, for their solar project development activities. read more...
By Adam Gerza
on 2/8/2017
  • time of use rates
  • TOU tariffs
  • utility tariff calculations
There’s a lot of misinformation floating around on how time-of-use (TOU) rates affect the value of solar. Some solar salespeople insist that TOU rates are great for solar, and that potential customers should always be opting onto them. While others have concluded that TOU rates are bad for the solar value proposition and should be avoided. So who’s right? read more...
By Stefanie Gurski
on 1/4/2017
  • rate design
  • utility rates
Meet Energy Toolbase's utility rates team who track and update rates in over 300 utility territories and all 50 states. read more...
By Adam Gerza
on 10/11/2016
  • avoided cost of solar pv
  • green button data
  • utility savings
Calculating “avoided cost”, which is how much a project saves in dollar terms, is a critical part of the solar project development process. In this video tutorial we look deeply at how avoided cost gets calculated, explaining the difference between how much a customer pays ($/kWh average blended cost) and how much a customer saves ($/kWh average blended savings). read more...
By Adam Gerza
on 8/15/2016
  • net metering 2.0
  • solar pv savings analysis
  • utility rates
Utility rate design is a hot topic. Energy industry trade publications have published a countless number of articles, Op-Ed’s and whitepapers on the issue this year. And it’s pretty much a given that any energy conference these days will have a panel on the topic. Whatever the forum, the subject of rate design always seems to stir up debate. read more...