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By Tracy Fosterling, Brooke Morales
on 1/7/2019
  • pacific gas and electric
  • TOU rates
  • utility rates
It’s not news to anyone that Pacific Gas & Electric is, and has been, in the process of finalizing new residential, commercial and agriculture rates for nearly three years. Finally, in October of 2019, these “final decision” rates will be implemented and be available on a voluntary basis. While the ... read more...
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 12/28/2018
  • solar marketing
  • solar sales
  • solar + storage software
Marketing experts in the solar and energy storage business know that it’s a pretty specialized niche, and finding the right ways to maximize your impact and efforts isn’t always easy. Some people in this position might think of it as a disadvantage, but it’s all about knowing your customer and ... 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...