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By Adam Gerza
on 12/29/2015
  • California net metering
  • energy storage
  • utility rates
The California Public Utilities Commission handed down the proposed decision, hailing it a victory for the solar industry. What issues come with "full retail credit" Net Metering and what effects will it have on solar project economics? read more...
By Adam Gerza
on 11/6/2015
  • California rate reform
  • solar savings calculations
  • utility rates
California residential solar installers may be using a flawed approach to calculating and presenting the economics of solar projects and not even know it. Earlier this year the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) finalized and approved the biggest rate reforms to residential electric rates in a decade. These structural changes to rate design change the value proposition of a solar project, but are not likely being accounted for in the modeling. read more...
By Stefanie Gurski
on 10/5/2015
  • rate schedule database
  • utility rates
  • utility savings calculator
We constantly receive questions about how we track, update and manage our utility rates database, so I figured it was time for a blog post on the topic. Here’s some of the most frequently asked questions we get asked: read more...
By Adam Gerza
on 8/26/2015
  • energy storage
  • energy storage proposal generator
  • energy storage software
Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Energy Systems and Services Group (Sharp) announces today the integration of Energy Toolbase as its software platform of choice for accurately calculating peak demand savings for SmartStorage® energy storage system installations. Sharp is the first to integrate its proprietary SmartStorage® operating algorithms with Energy Toolbase’s powerful optimization tools to quickly generate SmartStorage® specific proposals. Users can accurately determine the dollar savings of SmartStorage® projects that are integrated with a solar system, or as a standalone system. read more...
By Adam Gerza
on 8/15/2015
  • CALSSA
  • net energy metering
  • project development
The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) the state’s leading solar trade association, is utilizing the Energy Toolbase software platform to analyze solar project economics in the landmark Net Energy Metering (NEM) proceeding underway at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). read more...