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By Tracy Fosterling
on 12/18/2018
  • energy storage
  • project development
  • solar consulting
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
  • project development
  • top posts
  • tou rate
  • 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...
By Tracy Fosterling
on 10/17/2018
  • case studies
  • CivicSolar
  • solar installers
As solar and energy storage technologies continue to evolve, along with the policy landscape in different regional markets across the country, distributors are playing a more crucial role than ever. CivicSolar is an innovative distribution company that partners with installers and developers throughout North America. In addition to selling countless different types of solar and storage equipment, CivicSolar provides support and technical services to its dealers, which enables them to cost-effectively design, sell and install systems. read more...