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It’s inevitable that energy storage will be a huge market opportunity in the future. Knowing the numerous benefits storage can deliver, it’s easy to envision how batteries will ultimately transform the grid as we know it today. But the market has not yet come to fruition, and it’s fair to say most predictions have been overly optimistic as to when it will really take off. Arguably, a few things must happen for the storage market to scale up, and how to know when we’ve truly hit read more...
Energy Toolbase, the maker of an industry leading software platform for analyzing and proposing the economics of distributed energy projects, has joined the Green Button Alliance (GBA). The Green Button Alliance is an industry-led organization comprised of leading utilities, innovative third-party application providers, and other stakeholders that work to foster the development and wide-spread adoption of the Green Button energy-data usage standard. The Green Button standard read more...
Listen to an interview with John Gurski and Frank Andorka and learn more about Energy Toolbase. read more...
For many, solar power is a lot more than just a ray of hope. No question, there are legitimate benefits to installing solar power in your home. But does that necessarily mean it’s a great idea for one and all? KCAL9’s Jeff Vaughn sheds some light on solar: Who should get it? And how should you get it? One thing is certain, more people are getting it.
Energy Toolbase, an industry leading solar software platform, announced the release of a major software update today. The new version upgrades Energy Toolbase's software-as-a-service product, and is available immediately to all users. The new release has been in development for 16 months and is the company's biggest update, since debuting in 2014. read more...
Listen to Adam Gerza and Frank Andorka discuss issues surrounding rate design and how it effects solar markets. read more...
Utility rate design is officially 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 renewable energy advocates read more...
Thousands of utilities run power grids across the country, and each has its own electricity rate structures and rules for customer-sited solar power generation. Regional and national solar developers, who already have their hands full with financing, permitting and construction issues, can be hard-pressed to understand utility rates and rules, too. read more...
While software is a luxury product for some solar companies, it is integral to the success of others. For example, many of the largest residential solar sales, financing or installation companies—such as SolarCity, Sungevity and Sunrun—use software tools to manage sales read more...
This tremendous growth has fed a swelling herd of solar unicorns populated by the likes of SolarCity, SunEdison, SunPower and more. Recently, the industry has been buffeted by a variety of tailwinds that should drive even faster expansion. The landmark Paris climate accord promises stronger regulatory support across the world read more...
Astute solar developers understand the value of interval meter data. They know that these data allow them to perform the highest level of utility rate analysis possible on behalf of their customers. One size does not fit all when it comes to the right sizing of a solar project. Raw meter data enable system analyses that are highly specific to individual customers and their unique load profiles. read more...
All eyes were on Paris for the at the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference. But what if solving the global climate crisis is less about political willpower and of technical know how? Peter Thiel declared the cleantech sector — solar panels, wind turbines, and more — a “disaster” in 2011. But today, the solar industry employs 174,000 people, more than Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter combined, and job growth is 20 times higher than the rest of the U.S. economy read more...
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 reforms to residential electric rates in a decade. These structural changes to rate design change the value proposition of a solar project, but are not likely being accounted for in the modeling. read more...
Observers of the storage industry are noticing a steady and encouraging trend: the industry is growing quite rapidly –albeit from a relatively small base. The most recent numbers available show that in the second quarter of 2015, nearly 41 megawatts (MW) of storage were deployed in the U.S. Of this, about five MW were behind the meter at the customer site, an eleven-fold increase over Q2 of 2014 read more...
Solar energy in the United States has seen immense momentum throughout the years. When the Solar Energy Industries Association released its annual report in 2008, it concluded that U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity reached a total of 1.183 gigawatts — a stellar achievement at the time. Contrast that figure with today, and the number is dwarfed by the United States’ installed capacity of 21.3 gigawatts, enough energy to power 4.3 million homes. read more...
PACE Equity announced $200 million in new financing for commercial PACE projects, which provides property-assessed clean energy financing for commercial projects. It is also looking to expand its team into Texas, Michigan and more cities in California. PACE programs allow investments in water- and energy-efficiency retrofits and distributed renewable generation to be paid back through property taxes read more...
Sharp has chosen to integrate the Energy Toolbase software program into its operations as the company’s preference for those looking to determine the peak demand savings that they can expect via installation of Sharp’s energy storage systems. As a result of the integration, users will now be able to easily and accurately estimate the savings accompanying SmartStorage projects — whether standalone system projects or those integrated with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. read more...

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