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How to Sell Solar in a Time of Use Rate World

As solar energy grows in popularity, more and more utilities are adopting Time of Use rates. That means it’s time to get smart about how you approach solar sales conversations when Time of Use rates apply. We discuss five strategies to effectively sell solar in areas with TOU rates.

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How Net Metering is Evolving: Three Changes You Need to Know

Net metering policies are a primary way U.S. solar customers save money on their utility bills. However, utilities around the country are changing net metering policies in a variety of ways as solar becomes more common. We explain these changes to net metering and how they impact solar savings.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

SDG&E’s New Time of Use Rates: How Solar Savings Are Changing, Backed by Data

In December 2017, SDG&E introduced new time of use rate schedules. We explain the important implications for solar customers' utility bill savings.

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An Impending SDG&E Deadline Has Big Implications for Solar Customers

If you’re a solar installer or customer in the San Diego area, you should be aware of an upcoming deadline this week with big implications for solar savings.

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White Paper: The Financial Impact of Net Energy Metering 2.0 Policy

NEM 2.0 is now the official utility rate for California solar customers. This white paper shares the results of an extensive study – of 600+ solar projects and 900,000+ design variations created in Aurora – demonstrating how NEM 2.0 changes the financial returns and design best practices of solar.

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NEM 2.0 Arrives in SCE Territory - Here’s What You Need To Know

California's revised net metering policy, NEM 2.0, now applies to new solar customers of all the major California utilities. Here's what you need to know.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

The PG&E Rate Change that Cost Commercial Solar Customers 15% in Savings

A recent PG&E rate change to its A-6 rate eliminated a major source of solar savings for commercial customers. We used Aurora to quantify the impacts.

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The Ultimate Guide to NEM 2.0: Non-Bypassable Charges Explained

Starting this year, a new approach to net metering is being rolled out across California, called NEM 2.0. We explain the billing changes for solar customers.

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The Hidden Factors that Affect Solar Savings: Part 2, the End of the Billing Cycle

There are many variations in how utilities bill solar customers, which can substantially impact solar savings. One of these is when the billing cycle ends.

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The Hidden Factors that Affect Solar Savings: Part 1, Monthly vs. Annual Billing

There are many variations in how utilities bill solar customers. Today, we look at the impacts of monthly vs. annual billing on solar savings.

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