Urjanet launched Utility Data for Solar, a new data-as-a-service solution that the company says provides automated on-demand access to monthly commercial energy usage, cost, and location data from more than 900 electric utilities in over 15 countries. That data can help solar software providers, installers, brokers, and marketplaces accelerate solar system sales.
Since the data is customer-permissioned and delivered directly from the electric utility’s customer portal, solar providers can prioritize leads more efficiently, streamline their customer experience, and produce accurate proposals and ROI projections, Urjanet says.
Commercial and utility-scale solar growth faces several key challenges, particularly in the United States. Urjanet points to the administration’s 30% tariff on imported solar panels, which research firm Wood MacKenzie projected in January could reduce solar installation growth in the US by 10 to 15% over the next five years.
The industry has also faced high customer acquisition costs over the past few years, Urjanet says. GTM Research found last July that those costs on average represent a disproportionate 17% of the total system cost. Urjanet Utility Data for Solar’s sales insights can help get adoption back on track by enabling solar providers to accelerate sales, prioritize the right leads, streamline and enhance the customer buying experience as well as build accurate proposals for their customers, the company says.
“Renewable energy projects like solar are a key component of the Cox Conserves program. Combined with our conservation efforts, they’ve helped us offset more than 93,000 tons tons of carbon since 2007,” said Keith Mask, vice president of environmental sustainability at Cox Enterprises, which uses Urjanet Utility Data. “This reduction is a key step towards the Cox commitment to be carbon neutral by 2044.”
In 2017, Urjanet won an Environmental Leader award for its Utility Data Service product. The judges called it a useful tool for companies with large real estate footprints.
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