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OpenSolar 3D Design Tool Provides Unmatched Accuracy In New Findings By Two Of The Solar Industry’s Leading Expert Resources

SYDNEY and SAN FRANCISCO, November 3, 2021 – OpenSolar, Inc., a solar SaaS company keenly focused on empowering solar installers with the world’s most accurate and entirely free solar design and sales platform, today announced the findings of independent, third-party assessments that validate the unmatched accuracy of its solar design tool. As a result, by utilizing OpenSolar’s industry-leading design tool, solar installers will have full confidence they are providing customers with the most accurate photovoltaic (PV) designs that fit their solar energy needs. Combined with other key features of OpenSolar’s free-to-use platform, including access to a range of state-of-the-art hardware, a portfolio of competitive solar financing options, and on-demand customized permitting proposals, the company enables solar installers to convert more prospects into booked sales while saving time and eliminating the costly licensing fees attached to other solar design and sales platforms.


As part of OpenSolar’s validation process, the company engaged with PV EvolutionLabs (PVEL) and the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), two of the solar industry’s most trusted expert resources, to provide independent, third-party assessments of the accuracy of its design tool. The assessments include the following processes and findings. 

Shading

OpenSolar asked the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which has been benchmarking shading accuracy of solar design tools for years, to assess the company’s 3D design tool. NREL compared the shading estimates provided by OpenSolar’s remote 3D tool with assessments made on the same roof using a SunEye, the world’s leading hand-held electronic shade measurement tool for on-site assessment. NREL found the accuracy of OpenSolar estimates to be best-in-class.

  • OpenSolar’s assessment of Sun Access Values was accurate to within +/- 3%

  • The current US market leader was only found to be accurate to within +/- 5%

 

Site Assessment

OpenSolar engaged PVEL, the leading independent lab for the global downstream solar industry, to assess the accuracy of its system-generated site models. PVEL took measurements both in the field and in OpenSolar across a wide range of differently shaped and sized roofs. PVEL found the accuracy of OpenSolar’s models to be best-in-class.

  • OpenSolar’s assessment of scale was accurate to within 1 ⅓ feet 100% of the time (no other tool provides as narrow a tolerance)

  • OpenSolar’s assessment of pitch was accurate to within 4 degrees over 97% of the time (no other tool provides as narrow a tolerance OR such high compliance)

 

Energy Modeling

OpenSolar’s energy modeling (the conversion of key inputs, including pitch azimuth and shading into the key output: production) is based on NREL’s most advanced System Advisor Model (SAM).  The company engaged with PVEL to validate the integrity of OpenSolar’s implementation of SAM, when comparing it to industry standard energy modeling tools like PVsyst or standalone implementations of NREL’s SAM.  PVEL found: 

  • OpenSolar’s energy modeling is consistent with standard engineering practices

  • OpenSolar’s production figures are within 0.0%-0.2% of standalone SAM estimates

  • OpenSolar’s production figures are within 0.1%-1.9% of PVsyst estimates

“Our assessment of OpenSolar's software confirms that its implementation of the SAM energy production model engine is accurate and in line with industry standards for residential and commercial projects and its 3D ray tracing calculations of beam shading are as good or better than other available products,” said Ryan Desharnais, Chief Technical Officer of PV Evolution Labs (PVEL). "We also sent measurement teams to a wide range of residential rooftops and verified the accuracy of OpenSolar's physical site assessments. When taken together, these findings demonstrate that OpenSolar can produce high-quality energy generation estimates for solar projects."

About PV Evolution Labs (PVEL)

PVEL is the leading independent lab for the downstream solar and energy storage market and a member of the Kiwa Group. As a bankability testing pioneer, PVEL has accumulated more than a decade of measured reliability and performance data for PV and storage equipment. Today PVEL provides developers, investors and asset owners with a suite of technical services for mitigating risk, optimizing financing and improving system performance throughout the project lifecycle. PVEL’s flagship Product Qualification Programs for PV modules, inverters and energy storage systems connect manufacturers with a global network of 400+ downstream partners representing 30+ gigawatts of annual buying power. Learn how PVEL makes data matter at pvel.com.

 

About National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

​​NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC.


About OpenSolar

OpenSolar launched in 2019 with a mission to scale solar globally by providing installers with innovative software technology and an equally innovative business offering – the world’s first entirely free-to-use design and sales platform. Solar installers can use OpenSolar’s end-to-end platform to build complete customer proposals, including the industry’s most accurately designed systems, an array of state-of-art hardware, on-demand customized permitting proposals, and a portfolio of competitive financing options. Instead of charging a licensing fee to utilize its software, OpenSolar provides its software free of charge and instead derives revenue from its partner affiliates in hardware and finance. By utilizing OpenSolar, installers can avoid costly software licensing fees and instead, invest more money into other areas of their businesses, confident they are using the very best design and sales tools available in the market, all for free.

Contact

OpenSolar

media@opensolar.com

 

PV Evolution Labs

pr@pvel.com

 
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OpenSolar and GreenLancer Announce Partnership to Further Streamline U.S. Solar Project Timelines

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US, June 8, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- OpenSolar, Inc., and GreenLancer, Inc. today announced a new partnership in which the two companies will integrate their solar technology solutions to provide solar professionals with a turn-key, streamlined process for designing, selling, and engineering solar systems in the U.S. Starting on June 9, 2021 on opensolar.com, solar professionals can utilize the end-to-end solution that includes OpenSolar’s free-of-charge 3D design technology and digital sales tools, and also obtain on-demand, customized permitting proposals through GreenLancer at prices that average 50% less than the average permitting cost. As a result, the partnership will enable solar professionals to scale their businesses with increased efficiency and cost-savings.

As solar adoption continues to grow year-over-year, related markets and businesses alike begin to benefit from economies of scale. However, U.S. solar installers and their customers in turn, suffer from over twice the cost experienced by their overseas counterparts due to high costs related to the entire permitting process in the U.S. GreenLancer makes solar design and engineering simple and fast for installers with straightforward, lightning-speed access to permitting, design, and engineering services that will most certainly accelerate the adoption of solar energy while reducing costs.

“With thousands of installers using OpenSolar now in over 100 countries we understand how to make critical services affordable and accessible at scale,” said Andrew Birch, Co-Founder of OpenSolar. "Combining GreenLancer’s made-to-order engineering services with OpenSolar’s 3D design and digital sales platform will help U.S. installers get all the tools they need in one place to grow more quickly and profitably.”

About GreenLancer
GreenLancer is the only online marketplace for solar installers to get standardized, quality permit design and engineering solutions with speed, scale and reliability. The platform allows for batch project management, in-app communication, and a team of support specialists to help solar businesses save time and money. Since 2013, GreenLancer has served more than 5,000 solar installers on over 150,000 projects, and deployed $1.8 billion (and counting) in commercial and residential solar nationwide. For more information, visit www.greenlancer.com

About OpenSolar
The OpenSolar platform brings together remote 3D solar design, digital sales proposals, and a business management toolkit into a single white-label application, made available to installers at no cost. The combination of advanced software and connected best-of-breed services enables solar professionals to efficiently grow their business the way they want. OpenSolar’s goal is to accelerate the transition to clean energy globally, by supporting local installer businesses with the best technology and services. For more information, visit www.opensolar.com

Contact

Matthew Rea

Greenlancer

mrea@greenlancer.com
(248) 561 0915

Andrew McGuigan

OpenSolar

Email us here

+1 415-407-0413

 
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Closing commercial solar opportunities is easier and faster thanks to new OpenSolar and Energy Ease partnership

SYDNEY, NSW, March 2, 2021 - A new partnership between Energy Ease and OpenSolar will make it easier for solar installers to close commercial opportunities. 

From today, commercial payment plan provider Energy Ease will have its products integrated into OpenSolar’s software platform. It marks first time installers can include a commercial financing option within their proposals. 

It enables installers to move from proposal to payment plan approval within the one platform. In a few simple clicks, the payment plan is integrated as part of one proposal. The customer can also click through to sign the payment plan agreements – all without having to navigate multiple platforms.

Energy Ease provides payment plans that can be structured either as a loan or rental agreement and can approve up to $150k without the customer needing to provide financials – all in under 5 minutes.

The integration with OpenSolar will also support installers in converting more business by offering ‘no upfront payment’ solutions for energy efficient equipment.

“Many businesses and organisations don’t realise that getting solar equipment on a payment plan can be a cash flow positive proposition immediately,” said Guy Olian, CEO of Energy Ease. 

“Once a solar system is installed, the grid-sourced electricity bill drops significantly. Even when you add the monthly solar equipment payments, the overall cost is often less than the business’s current grid-sourced energy bill.”

“Now installers can easily show this in their proposals because OpenSolar’s platform brings this information all together in one place. It saves time because they don’t need to patch together a commercial financing option from an external portal, as has been the case until now. 

“We’re excited to announce our first financing integration for commercial systems in Australia and New Zealand,” said Maaike Gobel, Head of Partnerships at OpenSolar. 

“Selling commercial solar on OpenSolar will get even easier since the latest rates will automatically be pulled into proposals, showing the end-customer multiple term options to choose from. The customer will be able to apply for a payment plan straight from their MyEnergy proposal. No need for them to go find another email or even switch tabs - it’s a seamless sales experience.” 

“Energy Ease is an excellent partner with their fully online application system which makes the entire process – from the system design, to the customer quotation, to payment plan application to approval, installation and then getting paid – all super smooth and easy!”  

“We are thrilled to be part of OpenSolar’s comprehensive platform and for its potential to support commercial Australia’s transition to cleaner energy and technologies.” Guy Olian added.

About Energy Ease

Energy Ease is a leading payment option provider for some of Australasia’s largest energy equipment suppliers and installers. 

We’re also the go-to payment option partner for some of the country’s biggest names in energy efficient equipment. Thanks to our unique online payment plans system, equipment sellers have the tools they need to help clients get ahead – faster. With no upfront investment and instant pre-approval on our payment plans, we help make the business case stack up time and again.


About OpenSolar

OpenSolar is a mission-driven business that provides advanced software to solar professionals. The OpenSolar product brings together remote solar design, digital sales proposals and an enterprise management tool into a single white-label application, made available to installers at no cost. 

A growing list of service and product providers leverage the OpenSolar platform to better serve solar professionals and grow their solar businesses. The combination of high-quality software and services enable solar sales and installation businesses to efficiently grow. 

OpenSolar’s goal is to accelerate the transition to clean energy globally. www.opensolar.com 

Contact

Justine Hofman,
Energy Ease
justine@energyease.com.au | 0403 764 733

Maaike Gobel,
Head of Partnerships, OpenSolar  
maaike@opensolar.com | 0455 314 635

 
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OpenSolar and Plenti launch partnership to help make renewable energy more accessible for Australian homeowners

SYDNEY, NSW, February 1, 2021 - OpenSolar and Plenti today announced an exciting new partnership that will integrate solar finance with powerful sales software, to help Australian solar retailers accelerate their business. Plenti is the first consumer lender to partner with OpenSolar, the pioneering solar software provider, offering OpenSolar users (solar companies) and their customers direct and efficient access to market-leading, transparent renewable energy loans. 

Head of Renewable Energy Finance Louis Edwards launched the partnership stating,
“This partnership goes a long way to removing the barriers many Aussie families have with investing in green energy for their home. By connecting finance solutions of Plenti with OpenSolar’s platform means an installer can now accurately breakdown monthly repayment costs over an affordable time whilst highlighting the immediate potential electricity bill savings.”

Edwards adds “We need large-scale solar battery adoption if we are going to effectively cut our carbon footprint and ensure grid sustainability for future generations. OpenSolar’s customisable platform and Plenti’s low-cost finance are a perfect match to help make Australia’s clean energy ambitions a reality.”

“This partnership goes a long way to removing the barriers many Aussie families have with investing in green energy for their home. By connecting finance solutions of Plenti with OpenSolar’s platform means an installer can now accurately breakdown monthly repayment costs over an affordable time whilst highlighting the immediate potential electricity bill savings.”

- Head of Renewable Energy Finance Louis Edwards

About Plenti

Plenti is a leader in renewable energy technology finance, having pioneered a regulated loan offering in partnership with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. 

Plenti is dedicated to helping Australia achieve its clean energy future. The Plenti renewable lending business has funded over 11,000 loans for solar power purposes since inception.

About OpenSolar

OpenSolar’s platform provides solar retailers and installers with sophisticated CRM and project management capabilities with an integrated solar design and digital sales toolkit and marketing collateral and service offerings from partner organisations. The OpenSolar platform is free and will always continue to be provided for free to the solar retailer/installer community. 

“We’re excited to launch this partnership to provide the Australian solar retailer community with access to great consumer finance integrated for use directly at the point of sale”, said Maaike Gobel, Head of Partnerships at OpenSolar, “the integration provides efficiencies that save retailers time and money, and will accelerate sales conversion”.

Contact

Ben Milsom
Plenti media
Email: media@plenti.com.au


Maaike Gobel
Head of Partnerships, OpenSolar
Email: maaike@opensolar.com

 
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Lg And OpenSolar Collaborate To Improve Customer Experience In U.S. Solar Market

LG Provides Free OpenSolar Software to Installers, Delivers Robust Tools to Help Increase Business Efficiency

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., June 11, 2020 — LG Business Solutions USA is working with leading solar software provider OpenSolar to provide a new level of support to LG solar installers migrating to digital processes and remote sales.

OpenSolar provides system design, sales quotes and installation information at no charge to solar professionals around the world. Through this premium sales software platform, LG’s high-efficiency solar products can be accurately described to U.S. customers digitally, instead of in person.

“We see a huge opportunity for LG solar dealer-installers to take advantage of the comprehensive software suite created by OpenSolar,” said Brian Lynch, head of solar business development, LG Business Solutions USA. “This helps LG efficiently deliver innovative resources to help our installer partners better manage their business during this critical time, while adding to their toolkit for the growth of the U.S. solar market as the recovery gets under way in the months ahead.”

OpenSolar Co-founder Andrew Birch said the collaboration with LG Business Solutions USA builds on the success of a similar LG solar program in Australia. “This free software tool gives LG dealers in the U.S. market a world-class digital tool-kit – and at such a pivotal time for the solar industry,” he said.

The LG U.S. launch dovetails with OpenSolar’s introduction of a suite of robust new design features specifically for the U.S. market – all completely free to installers – making design and installation simple and cost effective. Additional features such as full three-dimensional design and automated shading capabilities will roll out this quarter.

According to Marshall Manley from Synergy Power based in Alpine, Utah, the OpenSolar software has already made a significant impact on business. “OpenSolar has become a tremendous resource and tool for us as an LG dealer,” he said. “Not only is it better software than what we were paying $2,000 per month for, but the customer service has been amazing; plus this is all available to us at no cost.”

“OpenSolar has become a tremendous resource and tool for us as an LG dealer...Not only is it better software than what we were paying $2,000 per month for, but the customer service has been amazing; plus this is all available to us at no cost.”

- Marshall Manley from Synergy Power

About LG
LG’s award-winning portfolio of high-efficiency solar panels and energy storage solutions are widely recognized in the industry for high performance, quality and flexibility. LG solar modules, covered by a limited 25-year product, part and performance warranty, are backed by a brand that customers can trust.

About OpenSolar

OpenSolar provides system design, sales quotes and installation information at no charge to solar professionals around the world.

Contact

LG Electronics USA

Kim Regillio
815 355 0509
kim.regillio@lge.com 


Roberto Munoz
516 949 9199
roberto.munoz@lg-one.com

OpenSolar

Maaike Gobel
maaike@opensolar.com


Andrew Birch
birchy@opensolar.com

 
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With Its New FREE Solar Project Design and Proposal Tool, OpenSolar Helps Installers Meet Today's Challenges

Groundbreaking Interactive Platform Empowers Solar Professionals with Outstanding Data, Mapping and Design for Remote Sales and End-to-End Customer and Business Management

SACRAMENTO, CA, USA, April 22, 2020 – The team that started the first remote solar sales business, Sungevity, more than a dozen years ago is launching a comprehensive suite of new, free tools to fully digitize the solar installer business, from phone or other remote sales to design, finance and customer relationship management. An early user says the toolkit makes putting designs together “really easy.”

“With the COVID19 crisis, the need to be able to sell and design systems remotely is more important than ever,” says Andrew “Birchy” Birch, co-founder of Sungevity and co-founder of the new company, OpenSolar. “The OpenSolar software is an incredibly powerful toolkit that lets users design systems interactively with their customers, integrating the best data and mapping tools to create beautiful and powerful designs and manage their entire business.”

After ramping up the service across the Australian solar market, where 20% of homes now have solar, the platform is now fully functional in the United States. It supports the end to end customer journey with digital tools - and will have additional features, such as full three-dimensional design and automated shading capabilities, this spring.

The free cloud-based OpenSolar app is available now at OpenSolar.com and works on both mobile and desktop platforms. An overview video demonstration of the OpenSolar platform and a preview of the 3D virtual world design tool are also available. Signed users will have access to the new virtual world 3D design technology when it is released this spring.

“The tools automate the design process and enable users to amaze their customers online and over the phone,” says Birch. “During this COVID crisis, this is a powerful addition to the solar community.”

The OpenSolar app gives users access to the cloud-based toolkit that includes:

A full end-to-end business management toolkit, not just design and sales. It includes CRM to drive business efficiencies, scale and profitabilityFast and accurate design technology to create beautiful, white-labelled proposals in secondsA modern, digital experience for your customers, with multiple system and finance options, online sales tools and digital product content, plus beautiful, configurable PDF proposalsResidential & commercial, solar and battery capability“Solar Touch” design technology, soon to include painting panels directly onto 3D virtual world imagery.

“We've been using it for the last couple months, and it's really easy to put designs together for customers,” says Jim Wilber of Green Muscle Solar in Phoenix. “I love that on the mobile app, you can actually email or call customers while you're out in the field, which is very helpful in an industry like this. I'm very happy with OpenSolar and glad that we found them.” (Video clip available.)

Birch and colleagues will host a webinar on selling methods during and after the COVID-19 stay home shutdown on Apr 28, 2020, at 12 noon EDT/09:00 AM PDT. In the webinar, Birch will also share his five ideas on how the solar industry can emerge from COVID-19 stronger. Registration is free.

The free OpenSolar platform can save installers thousands of dollars per year in software expenses – a further valuable element of their launch at this delicate moment for the industry.  Details are available at OpenSolar.com.

About OpenSolar

OpenSolar, co-led by Birch and Adam Pryor, provides the world’s leading software platform for solar professionals: a complete digital tool kit to scale solar sales. OpenSolar brings together remote solar design, digital sales proposals and an enterprise management tool. A growing list of independent service and product providers – including Nearmap, Solar Outlet, LG Electronics, REC Group, Fronius, Enphase, Solar Analytics - also leverage the OpenSolar platform to better serve solar professionals.

 
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SYDNEY, Australia, 3 March 2020—  OpenSolar and SunWiz today announced an exciting new partnership that will provide Australian solar retailers a comprehensive toolkit of software, service and support for growing their business.

SunWiz, led by Warwick Johnston, has long been an Australian leader in professional solar training, solar quoting software and market intelligence. In its 10-year history, SunWiz has assisted over 1400 solar businesses, contributing to the amazing success story that is the Australian solar industry today.

OpenSolar, co-led by Adam Pryor and Andrew Birch, provides the world’s leading software platform for solar professionals: a complete digital tool kit to scale solar sales. OpenSolar brings together remote solar design, digital sales proposals and an enterprise management tool. A growing list of independent service and product providers – including Nearmap, Solar Outlet, LG Electronics, REC Group, Fronius, Enphase, Solar Analytics - also leverage the OpenSolar platform to better serve solar professionals.

By combining the forces of a world-leading solar platform and highly experienced solar service provider, OpenSolar and SunWiz will together drive rapid growth of Australian solar businesses and deliver a thriving solar industry.

OpenSolar will provide the underlying platform, CRM, Project Management, Solar Design and digital sales toolkit, including marketing collateral and service offerings from our partner organisations. The OpenSolar platform is free and will always continue to be provided for free to the solar retailer/installer community.

SunWiz will provide premium value-added services to accelerate your solar business, including consulting, customised sales proposals, premium training and support, and benchmarking market intelligence to solar retailers across Australia. SunWiz will continue to support its existing PVsell software userbase, who can choose to continue to use PVsell or be assisted by SunWiz in transitioning to OpenSolar. PVsell will no longer be accepting new clients.

Together the service offering will enable clients to effectively, rapidly, and profitably grow their solar businesses, through extracting maximum value from impressive software platform plus experienced guidance in rapid implementation of best-practice solar business operation.

OpenSolar will also serve as a platform for SunWiz to offer its value-added training and market intelligence services to users in other international markets supported by the OpenSolar platform.

Warwick Johnston will join OpenSolar’s advisory panel, joining Nick Lake and Nigel Morris, who bring a fabulous wealth of Australian solar knowledge into the community we serve.

Together with our clients and partners we are combining our energy, focus, and experience to accelerate solar sales, to match the transformational pace demanded by today’s climate challenge.

About Sunwiz
SunWiz, led by Warwick Johnston, has long been an Australian leader in professional solar training, solar quoting software and market intelligence. In its 10-year history, SunWiz has assisted over 1400 solar businesses, contributing to the amazing success story that is the Australian solar industry today.

About OpenSolar

OpenSolar brings together remote solar design, digital sales proposals and an enterprise management tool. A growing list of independent service and product providers – including Nearmap, Solar Outlet, LG Electronics, REC Group, Fronius, Enphase, Solar Analytics - also leverage the OpenSolar platform to better serve solar professionals.

Contact

Warwick Johnston

warwick@sunwiz.com.au

1300 SUNWIZ (1300 786949)


Maaike Gobel

maaike@opensolar.com

+61 455 314 635 

 
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Solar Outlet And Opensolar Partner To Accelerate Australia To 100% Solar-powered Economy

SYDNEY, Australia, 28 February 2020— Solar Outlet and OpenSolar today announced an industry-first partnership that will provide Australian solar retailers with a huge efficiency gain, going straight from design, to sale, to order. 

It’s a partnership born out of a shared vision: to accelerate the transition to a world powered by clean, solar energy.

OpenSolar’s co-founder Andrew Birch said: “Together, we are solving one of the biggest remaining challenges facing solar professionals today, the myriad of packages and paperwork and the lack of a single system to manage your customers and your business.”

Solar Outlet, led by Nick Lake, allows solar businesses to access the best products in the Australian market with an easy to use online ordering platform, with competitive pricing, loyalty rewards and exclusive offers, all from a growing list of suppliers.

OpenSolar, co-led by Adam Pryor and Andrew Birch, provides the world’s leading software platform for solar professionals. OpenSolar brings together a project management, solar design and digital sales toolkit, including marketing collateral and service offerings from our partner organisations. A growing list of independent service and product providers – including Nearmap, LG Electronics, REC Group, Fronius, Enphase, Solar Analytics - also leverage the OpenSolar platform to better serve solar professionals.

Create your OpenSolar account at www.opensolar.com and benefit from the entire OpenSolar software suite and order your sold system smoothly from Solar Outlet. 

The OpenSolar platform is free and will always continue to be provided for free to the solar retailer/installer community.

“We look forward to helping the solar industry scale!” said Nick Lake.

About Plenti
Plenti is dedicated to helping Australia achieve its clean energy future. The Plenti renewable lending business has funded over 11,000 loans for solar power purposes since inception.

About OpenSolar

OpenSolar’s platform provides solar retailers and installers with sophisticated CRM and project management capabilities with an integrated solar design and digital sales toolkit and marketing collateral and service offerings from partner organisations. The OpenSolar platform is free and will always continue to be provided for free to the solar retailer/installer community. 

“We’re excited to launch this partnership to provide the Australian solar retailer community with access to great consumer finance integrated for use directly at the point of sale”, said Maaike Gobel, Head of Partnerships at OpenSolar, “the integration provides efficiencies that save retailers time and money, and will accelerate sales conversion”.

Plenti is a leader in renewable energy technology finance, having pioneered a regulated loan offering in partnership with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. 

Contact

Nick Lake

nick@solaroutlet.com.au

+61 2 6678 0727

+61 414 271 071 


Maaike Gobel
Head of Partnerships, OpenSolar
maaike@opensolar.com

+61 455 314 635 

 
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Enphase Energy And Opensolar Enable Installers To Create Effective Proposals In Seconds

MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. 14, 2020— Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, today announced it has joined forces with OpenSolar, a company that has developed one of the solar industry’s first free, web-based design and sales application tools that enable installers to gain sales efficiency and deliver a better customer experience by digitizing the proposal process end-to-end.  

The OpenSolar App was created by two solar industry veterans as part of their mission to help accelerate the transition to solar energy globally. The sophisticated, yet intuitive software tool services the complete proposal journey from system design and sales to installation and service. OpenSolar also provides a paid bespoke-software service for solar manufacturers and solar finance companies to better serve their dealer networks.

“We are delighted to team up with Enphase in Australia, to better serve the professionals who are educating Australians on the best technology solutions for their homes and businesses,” said Andrew Birch, co-founder of OpenSolar. “Innovative, differentiated solutions are improving the economics of clean energy, and we’re thrilled to help retailers communicate these benefits.” 

 “The increase in sales productivity combined with OpenSolar’s beautifully designed proposals means that we can win business on the merit of our customer service and best-in-class solar solutions rather than just on price,” said Daniel Huppert, sales manager at Total Solar Solutions Australia. “The comparison toolset has enabled us to sell more quality systems like Enphase, as we can better articulate and visualize the benefits of premium solar against multiple system options.” 

 By using the OpenSolar App, installers can access online sales tools and digital product content to create compelling, configurable PDF Enphase proposals with ease. In addition, installers can leverage deep, 3-D modelling tools, manage all quotes in one place and offer side-by-side comparisons for homeowners, to more effectively communicate the value of Enphase to customers.

 To find out more about OpenSolar’s free design and proposal software, please visit the OpenSolar website.

“Remarkable customer experiences are how retailers stand out in a competitive market, gain loyal customers and promote referrals...A collaboration with OpenSolar enables Enphase installers to engage with prospects and grow their businesses with a digital-first customer journey, underpinned by our highly reliable, safe, and easy to install products.”

- Dave Ranhoff, chief commercial officer at Enphase Energy

About Enphase

Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, delivers smart, easy-to-use solutions that connect solar generation, storage and management on one intelligent platform. The Company revolutionized solar with its microinverter technology and produces the world’s only truly integrated solar plus storage solution. Enphase has shipped more than 23 million microinverters, and approximately one million Enphase-based systems have been deployed in 130 countries. For more information, visit www.enphase.com and follow the company on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

 

Enphase, Enphase Enlighten, the Enphase logo, and other trademarks or service names are the trademarks of Enphase Energy, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact

Justin Cohen
Marketing Manager, APAC
jcohen@enphaseenergy.com
+61 438 630 163 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including statements related to the expected quality, reliability, safety, performance and advantages of Enphase Energy’s products and technology; the capabilities of the software tool and the services provided by our partners. These forward-looking statements are based on Enphase's current expectations and inherently involve significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of certain risks and uncertainties including those risks described in more detail in Enphase’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents on file with the SEC and available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Enphase Energy undertakes no duty or obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or changes in its expectations, except as required by law.

 
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Nearmap And Opensolar Create A One-stop Product For Solar Installers To Sell, Map, and Design Their Next Project

The Nearmap on OpenSolar platform combines high resolution vertical and

oblique aerial imagery with remote solar design software in a game-changing

way that helps installers win more customers

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Before solar panels ever go on a house, installers can now find everything under one roof to effectively plan, sell and design their next solar project with the Nearmap on OpenSolar


application. Nearmap and OpenSolar have joined forces to give installers a single tool that combines the latest nationwide aerial images and solar design software to wow customers and demonstrate the benefits of investing in solar.

The new product brings Nearmap’s best-in-class, high resolution aerial imagery together with the OpenSolar team’s 25-year history of expertise and innovation in solar. The application is accessible to both Nearmap and OpenSolar customers and offers installers access to Nearmap’s unparalleled library of imagery, including oblique imagery—aerial photography captured at a 45-degree angle.

With that imagery, designers can view a project from multiple angles and see and measure the tops and sides of buildings. They can also view shadows created by trees or other structures, even at different times of the year.

Those images can be incorporated into site designs and models, giving installers precise information for panel placements and energy output, and resulting in customers having confidence in their return on investment (ROI) calculations.

The solution provides an interactive experience for residential customers, allowing them to select different solar design options online and learn their ROI projections. The precise designs and current imagery can speed up sales and installations by

reducing site visits, permitting delays and change orders. Proposals can even be updated in real-time during calls with customers.

The new tool offers the following advantages over the competition:

  • Comprehensive. Users can design, model, share, propose and close solar business deals from one application that’s accessible from any device.

  • Accuracy. It is the only tool that provides a library of recently captured, high resolution vertical and oblique imagery. This allows precise roof geometry measurements, solar panel designs and ROI estimates.

  • Experience. The customer-friendly tool enjoys all the benefits of the OpenSolar platform, and is customizable to incorporate solar company brands and adapt to the specific needs of solar companies and their customers.

The end-to-end sales toolkit makes everything available through one annual

subscription, including imagery, design tools, customer relations management,

proposals, branded templates, equipment catalog with full specs, energy estimators,

pricing tools and financial modeling.

“This full-service solar design solution bundles the ability to view, measure, design and bid on a project without ever leaving your tablet or computer,” said Andrew Birch, OpenSolar’s Co-Founder. “Nearmap on OpenSolar can provide sky-high savings on every solar bid and installation.”

Nearmap on OpenSolar was announced at the Solar Power International North America Smart Energy Week conference in Salt Lake City and will be available for use on Sept. 24. Visit us in booth #3829 to learn more.

“Solar intelligence meets aerial imagery to give solar installers both the imagery and design tools they need to rise above their competitors... There is no quicker or more compelling way to show customers the many benefits of solar energy than with Nearmap on OpenSolar.”

- Rob Newman, Nearmap CEO

About Nearmap

Nearmap brings the real world to you. The company delivers high resolution aerial imagery as a service to businesses across the world, powered by industry-leading geospatial intelligence technology. Using its own patented camera systems and processing software, Nearmap captures wide-scale urban areas in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand multiple times each year, making fresh content instantly available in the cloud via web app or API integration. Every day, Nearmap helps thousands of users conduct virtual site visits for deep, data-driven insights— enabling informed decisions, streamlined operations and robust bottom lines.

Founded in Australia in 2007, Nearmap is one of the ten largest aerial survey companies in the world by annual data collection volume and is publicly listed in the ASX 200. For more information, visit www.nearmap.com.



About OpenSolar

OpenSolar is a solar design and sales application, providing solar professionals with a highly sophisticated yet easy-to-use software tool that services their end-to-end needs, from marketing and lead management to solar system design, sales, installation, and service. OpenSolar also provides a paid bespoke-software service for solar manufacturers and solar finance companies to better serve their dealer networks. Adam Pryor and Andrew Birch, OpenSolar’s co-founders, are solar industry veterans and pioneers of solar innovation who are on a determined mission to accelerate the world’s transition from fossil fuels to solar energy. For more information, visit www.opensolar.com.

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Nearmap
Taylor Cenicola, 801-624-6869 
taylor.cenicola@nearmap.com


Maaike Gobel
Head of Partnerships, OpenSolar
Email: maaike@opensolar.com

Release Summary

Nearmap and OpenSolar create a one-stop product for solar installers to sell, map and design their next project

 
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Opensolar And Lg Announce Partnership To Improve The Customer Experience In Selling Lg Products In Australia 

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, May 27, 2019 - LG Solar™, the Solar Division of LG Electronics Australia and OpenSolar, have today announced their partnership in a bid to more rapidly transition the nation to solar powered energy.

 

  • LG is an innovator and supports its dealers

  • LG needed high quality sales software to match its award winning hardware

  • LG premium panels can now be accurately described to Australian customers digitally

 

 

“The software developed by OpenSolar allows intuitive design and superior systems that help our dealers save time and provide a better service to their customers” said Markus Lambert – LG General Manager Solar and Energy.

“Australia has some of the greatest solar resources in the world, so it makes sense to partner with a leading solar panel manufacturer like LG” said OpenSolar Cofounder Andrew Birch.  

The partnership was announced just as OpenSolar launched Australia’s first free system design toolkit for LG Sales Dealers, making design and installation easier, cheaper and more time efficient.

“Using the OpenSolar design and solar business management tool made panel placement easier than ever and saved an incredible amount of admin time, covering the end-to-end customer process. It’s simple, intuitive and free – this could be a total game changer for the industry” said LG Dealer Graham Bidgood.

“LG Solar has a 75 strong partner network who will benefit from providing end customers with the key solar data to help make an informed decision and choose a quality solution” said Markus.

“Using the OpenSolar design and solar business management tool made panel placement easier than ever and saved an incredible amount of admin time, covering the end-to-end customer process. It’s simple, intuitive and free – this could be a total game changer for the industry”

- LG Dealer Graham Bidgood

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Maaike Gobel

Head of Partnerships, OpenSolar

Email: media@opensolar.com

Markus Lambert

General Manager Solar and Energy, LG Electronics Australia

Email: Markus.lambert@lge.com

www.lgenergy.com.au/products/solar-panels

 
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Opensolar Launches World’s First Free End-to-end Solar Software Design And Sales App

Pioneers of Remote Solar Design Technology Introduce Advanced Solar Software App, Entirely Free to Accelerate World’s Transition to Solar Power

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, May 21, 2019 – New solar software company, OpenSolar, announced today the launch of the world’s first free, end-to-end solar enterprise application, setting the stage for the next phase of growth for rooftop solar globally. The mission-driven team’s intent behind offering the software app entirely for free is to help solar professionals drastically increase their business efficiencies and as a result, drive an upsurge in solar adoption. The white-label app provides solar professionals around the world with a sophisticated yet easy to use software tool that services their end-to-end business process needs, from marketing and lead management, to solar system design, sales, installation, and service. Developed by solar industry veterans, Adam Pryor and Andrew Birch, the tool leverages over 25 years of combined experience working directly with installers and end-customers. Birch and Pryor first teamed up in 2007 to introduce the solar industry’s first remote solar design software, widely regarded as an industry-transforming innovation.

 

“OpenSolar is the next generation of solar software, with interactive online proposals, full 3D site modelling, battery simulation, data uploads from the job site, integrated CRM and workflow tools, and automation every step of the way,” said Adam Pryor, OpenSolar’s Co-Founder.

 

The OpenSolar platform includes the following functionality:

  • A cloud-based app with a mobile-friendly operating environment to manage business from any device in office or in the field

  • “SolarTouch” technology for high-speed mobile and tablet design in-field, with rich 3D design tools and automation

  • Interactive customer proposals with rich and configurable content, including videos and customer education tools for solar power and battery storage

  • Full customer management enterprise software, with one-click communication, document management and digital signatures

  • White-label, available in any region and currency globally, for solar professionals to upload and brand as their own

  • 24-hour online support centre with education tools and best-practice sharing to support new and existing solar professionals

“The advent of low-cost solar and battery hardware is transforming the energy industry, but in order to meet climate goals, sales need to grow even faster and more efficiently over the critical next two decades,” said Andrew Birch, OpenSolar Co-Founder. “And that’s where OpenSolar comes in. With OpenSolar’s app, solar professionals can access the world’s most advanced digital toolkit for solar sales, to manage their entire end-to-end customer journey and drive major efficiencies into their business,” Birch continued. “And we’re making it available completely free, and on any device, for users around the world.”

“The advent of low-cost solar and battery hardware is transforming the energy industry, but in order to meet climate goals, sales need to grow even faster and more efficiently over the critical next two decades...And that’s where OpenSolar comes in. With OpenSolar’s app, solar professionals can access the world’s most advanced digital toolkit for solar sales, to manage their entire end-to-end customer journey and drive major efficiencies into their business...And we’re making it available completely free, and on any device, for users around the world.”

- Andrew Birch, OpenSolar Co-Founder

About OpenSolar

OpenSolar is the world’s first free, end-to-end, solar design and sales application, providing solar professionals with a highly sophisticated, yet easy to use software tool that services their end-to-end needs, from marketing and lead management to solar system design, sales, installation, and service. OpenSolar also provides a paid bespoke-software service for solar manufacturers and solar finance companies to better serve their dealer networks. Adam Pryor and Andrew Birch, OpenSolar’s co-founders, are solar industry veterans and pioneers of solar innovation who are on a determined mission to accelerate the world’s transition from fossil fuels to solar energy.

 

For more information, visit www.opensolar.com.

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