Distributed Energy Research & Solutions has received one of ten U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Incubator investments aimed at reducing soft costs associated with solar energy installations. EnergySage will use the $500,000 investment to develop and implement a web-based solar photovoltaic comparison-shopping platform that will provide pricing transparency and facilitate open market interactions between property owners and solar PV installers.
The comparison-shopping product allows commercial and residential property owners to solicit multiple price quotes from an extensive list of pre-screened, high-quality solar PV installers. Quotes are then displayed in a standardized format that allows consumers to easily evaluate and compare quotes to select the best option. This helps consumers get the best price for solar PV systems from the best installers, while saving significant time and effort through automation.
The comparison-shopping product will be fully integrated into EnergySage.com’s existing suite of free educational and analytical tools and its interactive peer-to-peer community, simplifying and expediting the clean energy system purchase process. The resulting EnergySage platform will be a one-stop-shop for consumers to gain the knowledge and confidence they need to execute a purchase.
Currently, customer acquisition costs represent approximately 25% of the price of an installed solar PV system. The EnergySage platform has the potential to reduce these costs by more than half. The net effect could be over a 10% decline in the price consumers pay. This, in conjunction with a simplified process and increased consumer confidence, will result in much wider adoption of solar PV systems. And by expanding the market and improving the efficiency of the sales process, the platform has the potential to increase solar PV installers’ revenues and profitability.
The other businesses to win an award were as follows:
- Clean Energy Experts (Manhattan Beach, California)
- Clean Power Finance (San Francisco, California)—Tier 1 and 2 awards
- Genability (San Francisco, California)
- Simply Civic (Parker, Colorado)
- Solar Mosaic (Berkeley, California)
- Tigo Energy (Los Gatos, California)
- Urban Glue (Deephaven, Minnesota)
Distributed Energy Research & Solutions, Inc.