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The number of workers in the solar industry has grown rapidly over the last decade. The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census found that the industry added over 51,000 jobs in 2016 alone, finishing the year with a total of over 260,000 solar workers nationwide. One out of every 50 new U.S. jobs came from the solar read more...
By Barbara Anderson
on October 25, 2017
  • Community Solar
  • Virtual Net Metering
  • Solar Sales Software
Energy Toolbase, a software platform for modeling the economics of solar and energy storage projects, recently launched a major software update that revolutionizes the platform’s energy storage modeling capabilities. The new release enables users to transparently quantify the dollar savings for any type of behind-the-meter read more...
By Monette Meier
on September 5, 2017
  • Energy Storage
  • Modeling Energy Storage
  • Energy Storage Sales Software
Our team is getting excited for the upcoming Solar Power International (SPI) conference out in Vegas, which is one of our favorite weeks of the year. This will be our 4th year in a row exhibiting at SPI, which is always a jammed packed week for our team. We love the opportunity to connect in person with our current read more...
By Energy Toolbase
on September 1, 2017
  • Solar Power International
  • SPI 2017
  • Energy Storage
Two of our country’s top national energy laboratories published an awesome study last month entitled ‘Exploring Demand Charge Savings from Commercial Solar’. This is the second report in a three-part series, which looks at how solar PV reduces demand charges, published collaboratively by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory read more...
By Adam Gerza
on August 28, 2017
  • Demand Charges
  • Commercial Solar
  • Solar PV
Run on Sun is a residential and commercial solar installation company that was founded in 2006 by a group of businessmen, entrepreneurs, and engineers who wanted to leverage their diverse backgrounds to build a better solar company. Run on Sun was founded in part based read more...
By Monette Meier
on August 17, 2017
  • Customer Case Study
  • Interval Meter Data
  • Solar Sales Proposals
It may be surprising to know that a significant portion of California homeowners buying energy storage systems today are not doing so to save money. In other words, they are not trying to reduce their utility bill or get a return on investment, like they do from a rooftop solar system. Instead, most storage systems read more...
By Adam Gerza
on August 7, 2017
  • Solar Battery
  • Energy Storage Systems
  • Residential Energy Storage
It’s well documented that the rooftop solar market is becoming increasingly competitive for solar developers and installers. This is especially true in more mature markets like California, where hundreds of companies compete within the same geography for new leads and customers. This inundated market environment read more...
By Monette Meier
on August 1, 2017
  • Solar Installers
  • Digital Marketing
  • Solar Sales Proposals
Renova Energy Corporation (also known as Renova Solar) was founded in 2006 by Vincent Battaglia after he envisioned the company during his MBA program thesis. Today, Renova Solar is a full-service integrator, designing and installing solar and energy storage systems for both residential read more...
By Monette Meier
on July 7, 2017
  • Customer Case Study
  • California Rate Changes
  • Residential Solar Installers
We’re excited about the upcoming launch of our energy storage software update. This new release is the culmination of a lot of learning for us. We have been planning this new build for a year and our engineering team has been developing it over the last several months. We are incorporating a lot of product feedback from energy storage read more...
By John Gurski
on July 3, 2017
  • Energy Storage
  • Solar Sales Software
  • Modeling Energy Storage
Since the early days of Energy Toolbase, we’ve taken pride in offering our clients personalized, one-on-one support. To this day, each and every client, whether they’ve been with us from the beginning or are just starting a free trial, gets assigned a dedicated Account Manager. Our platform can be used for many different types of projects read more...
By Monette Meier
on June 13, 2017
  • Solar Analytics
  • Solar Calculator
  • Energy Software
Property Assessed Clean Energy financing, also known as PACE, is becoming an increasingly popular way to finance solar PV projects. This is especially true in the commercial and industrial (C&I) segment, as PACE offers some unique advantages not available via traditional loans, leases, or PPA's. PACE can finance many different types read more...
By Monette Meier
on June 7, 2017
  • K2 Clean Energy Capital
  • PACE Financing
  • Commercial Solar
In the first installment of our new “Customer Case Study” series, we’ll highlight how our platform enabled SunGreen Systems to improve accuracy and build customer trust. Each month we’ll feature a different Energy Toolbase customer and provide background on the company, the market segment they focus on, and what benefits read more...
By Monette Meier
on May 30, 2017
  • SunGreen Systems
  • Solar Sales Software
  • Solar Project Development
There are numerous solar software solutions on the market today, which is great if you’re a solar company. But the multitude of options is making the evaluation process more difficult. When trying to determine the solution best suited for your needs, there’s several things to consider. In this blog, I’m going to highlight read more...
By Monette Meier
on April 27, 2017
  • Solar Proposal Software
  • Solar Sales Software
  • Residential Solar Installers
Energy Toolbase announces today that they have gone live on their integration with HelioScope by Folsom Labs, the industry-leading solar photovoltaic (PV) system design tool that integrates system layout and performance modeling to simplify the process of engineering and selling solar projects. This integration allows users to read more...
By Adam Gerza
on March 13, 2017
  • Solar Sales Software
  • Solar Panel Layout
  • Solar PV Design Software
There’s a lot of misinformation floating around on how time-of-use (TOU) rates affect the value of solar. Some solar salespeople insist that TOU rates are great for solar, and that potential customers should always be opting onto them. While others have concluded that TOU rates are bad for the solar value proposition and read more...
By Adam Gerza
on February 8, 2017
  • Time Of Use Rates
  • TOU Tariffs
  • Utility Tariff Calulcations
After a 3-month soft launch, we’re going live on our financing integration with K2 Clean Energy Capital, a leading provider of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) project financing for non-residential solar projects. This integration enables Energy Toolbase users to receive real-time, indicative PACE financing quotes and calculated read more...
By Adam Gerza
on January 17, 2017
  • PACE Financing
  • Solar Sales Financing
  • Commercial Project Finance
Our utility rates team, which is based out of our headquarters in Stuart, Florida has grown to four women strong. Tracking and updating utility rates in over 300 utility territories, across all 50 states requires a lot of effort. Especially considering the fact that many utilities update their rate tariffs on a monthly basis. read more...
By Stefanie Gurski
on January 4, 2017
  • Utility Rates
  • Rate Design
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 October 11, 2016
  • Green Button Data
  • Utility Savings
  • Avoided Cost of Solar PV
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. Utilities, ratepayers, and read more...
By Adam Gerza
on August 15, 2016
  • Utility Rates
  • Net Metering 2.0
  • Solar PV Savings Analysis
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 read more...
By Adam Gerza
on March 14, 2016
  • Solar Sales Software
  • Net Metering 2.0
  • NEM 2.0
  • California Utility Rates
SAN DIEGO, California – 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 Adam Gerza
on February 24, 2016
  • Solar Sales Software
  • Solar Contractor Software
  • Energy Storage Proposal Tool
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 read more...
By Jonathan Mooney
on February 3, 2016
  • Solar Sales Tool
  • Solar Proposal Tool
  • Solar Training
The recent “Net Metering version 2.0” (NEM v2.0) proposed decision handed down by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is being hailed as a huge victory for the solar industry. The press have proclaimed that the CPUC rejected the utilities proposals and decided to side much closer with solar advocates. For someone that has been following this proceeding closely from the beginning read more...
By Adam Gerza
on December 29, 2015
  • Utility Rates
  • California Net Metering
  • Solar Sales Tools
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. read more...
By Adam Gerza
on November 6, 2015
  • Utility Rates
  • California Rate Reform
  • Solar Savings Calculations
EL SEGUNDO, California – Kina‘ole Capital Partners, LLC (Kina’ole), a leading solar financing company has formally endorsed the Energy Toolbase software platform to its network of solar installation partners.Founded in 2012, Kina‘ole is focused on providing low-cost Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) to home and business owners throughout the United States. read more...
By Adam Gerza
on October 8, 2015
  • Power Purchase Agreements
  • PPA
  • Commercial Solar Financing
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 Stefanie Gurski
on October 5, 2015
  • Utility Rates
  • Rate Shedule Database
  • Utility Savings Calculations
CAMPBELL, California – K2 Clean Energy Capital LLC (K2), a leading provider of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) project financing, is integrating with the Energy Toolbase software platform. This integration will allow Energy Toolbase users to instantly receive indicative PACE financing quotes from K2 for solar photovoltaic and energy storage projects. read more...
By Adam Gerza
on September 9, 2015
  • PACE Financing
  • Solar Sales Quoting Software
  • Solar Financing
CAMAS, Wash. – August 26, 2015 – 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. read more...
By Adam Gerza
on August 26, 2015
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Storage Software
  • Energy Storage Proposal Generator
SACRAMENTO, California – 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...
By Adam Gerza
on August 25, 2015
  • Net Energy Metering
  • NEM 2.0
  • CALSEIA
  • Solar Sales Software
I was a panelist on a workshop at the Intersolar conference last month on the topic of ‘software tools and techniques to stay competitive in the solar industry’. The audience was mostly made up of residential solar contractors. Before the panel got underway the moderator polled the audience to see how many of them used Green Button Data read more...
By Adam Gerza
on August 4, 2015
  • Green Button Data
  • Interval Data
  • Solar Software
It’s a lot of work keeping up with all of the changes utilities make to their rates. Now that we’re tracking utility rates in over 30 states and 100 utility territories, we’re developing a good feel for the frequency at which utilities make changes. In addition to the sheer volume of changes being made read more...
By Adam Gerza
on June 8, 2015
  • Utility Rates
  • Southern California Edison
  • Solar Software
We’re excited to announce that we went live on our latest software update over the weekend. This release has been several months in the making, and is the biggest update we’ve made to our platform since our product debuted in July of last year. Here’s a list of some of the features included in our latest build read more...
By John Gurski
on March 23, 2015
  • Software Update
  • Solar Software
  • Solar Proposal Tool
SAN JOSE, California – Technology Credit Corporation (TCC), a leading financier of commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, has formally endorsed Energy Toolbase as its software platform of choice for calculating energy savings. TCC has financed over 300 commercial PV systems ranging in size from 30 kW to 800 kW read more...
By Adam Gerza
on March 4, 2015
  • Financing
  • Energy Savings
  • Commercial Solar Analysis
Rate design has always been a key factor in determining the economic viability of a customer-side-of the-meter solar project. It’s been right up there in importance with the other commonly thought of factors, like Net Metering, the Federal Investment Tax Credit, installed/panel/soft costs, and the availability of financing. Looking out longer term read more...
By Adam Gerza
on November 12, 2014
  • Utility Rates
  • Rate Design

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