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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...
By Adam Gerza
on 3/14/2016
  • California utility rates
  • NEM 2.0
  • net metering 2.0
  • Solar Sales Software
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...
By Adam Gerza
on 2/24/2016
  • energy storage proposal tool
  • solar contractor software
  • Solar Sales Software
Energy Toolbase, a software platform used by solar installers to propose renewable energy projects is being formally endorsed by Rexel Inc., a subsidiary of Rexel Group, a global leader in the distribution of electrical supplies, to their dealer network of solar contractors. read more...
By Jonathan Mooney
on 2/3/2016
  • solar proposal tool
  • solar sales tool
  • solar training
As an Account Manager with Energy Toolbase (ETB) I am on the front lines of our customer’s learning development. My primary role is training, onboarding, and supporting our rapidly growing user base. I am constantly reminded of the different challenges our users face when navigating our platform for the first time. I wanted to share some thoughts in this blog, which can hopefully accelerate the learning process for new users so they can fully leverage the Energy Toolbase platform. Here are a few important takeaways that I have learned in my tenure with ETB. read more...