Blog

By Tracy Fosterling
on 1/1/2019
  • energy storage modeling
  • solar proposal software
  • Solar Sales Software
This next year you can expect a lot from the Energy Toolbase team. We have so much coming up from launching our international capabilities to several big storage integrations. While we’re pretty excited for all the big projects we have coming up this year, it’s good to reflect on all ... read more...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 12/18/2018
  • solar consulting
  • solar installing
  • solar projects
Tor Valenza, aka “Solar Fred”, has been in the solar business for more than a decade and is one of the most well-known thought leaders in our industry. In this 2-part interview, Tor and I spoke about SepiSolar, issues with permitting, site surveying, and the outsourcing of project design/engineering/consulting services. read more...
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...