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By Adam Gerza
on 2/8/2017
  • TOU rates
  • utility rate calculations
  • utility rates
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
  • General Interest
  • 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
  • green button data
  • project development
  • 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
  • project development
  • 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...
By Adam Gerza
on 3/14/2016
  • energy storage
  • NEM 2.0
  • Net metering
We’ve been getting a lot of questions on how to model Net Metering version 2 (NEM 2.0) projects, so we figured it was time for blog. A lot of the recent inquiries are coming from our California users, where the Net Metering caps are expected to hit capacity soon. As of March, the PG&E and SDG&E service territories are over 80% of the way towards reaching their cap. While California has been getting most of the attention recently, the mechanics of modeling NEM 2.0 scenarios are fundamentally the same regardless of the state or utility territory. read more...