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  • Sustainable Solutions to Climate Anxiety

    Cate Blanchett and I made the Audible original podcast "Climate of Change" to bring people a little hope in the face of the climate crisis. We know from brain science studies that the climate communications "stream" that we get in our social media and mainstream press literally shuts down people's neocortex or frontal brain. When humans are faced with an overwhelming threat, their reptilian brains and limbic systems kick into action. These bits of the brain control our fight or flight response and can throw us into panic. In order to respond to climate change, we need to tap into the creative parts of our brains. All of the messaging about doom and destruction is disabling our creative minds and keeping us paralyzed. With that being said, we humans are poorly-built to deal with the slow burn of this climate emergency. What we know about communications and taking action in the face of an existential threat is that a steady, empowering message instills a desire and ability to act even more than scaring people with a problem. Which is why I am such a big fan of OpenSolar. It makes the benefits of going solar easy to access - for contractors and customers alike - and makes it easy for them to take action as part of this solution strategy. As the climate crisis grows - and sadly it will - the average householder will be looking for things to do to avert this problem and take collective action. Leaning into solar as a climate solution is some of the best sales and marketing work a contractor can do. OpenSolar's platform makes it easy to do that by offering the tools and resources installers need to do their part to solve the climate crisis. Shine on!

  • Only Solar for Company

    Solar energy can take us places we’ve never imagined we’d go, even beyond the very limits of the human body. This challenge appealed to a USC Rowing Alumna Brooke Downes as she trained for a spot on the Olympic Women’s rowing team. Brooke is a childhood friend of mine. We played on the same travel volleyball team before rowing became her only love and have been friends ever since. Ever since I’ve known her, she’s always looked for a challenge and exceeded all expectations. It comes as no surprise that she and her three teammates will embark on a race against time, the tides, and their own minds as they row 2,700 nautical miles across the pacific ocean this summer. In their 29-ft boat, American Spirit, the Lat35 Racing team will embark on this month-long journey with the sun and the currents as their only companions. The current women’s world record to get from San Francisco to Waikiki is 35 days, 14 hours, and 23 minutes, but this team hopes to break that. Without solar energy, this row would not be possible; having solar panels powering the boat is a requirement to participate in the race. All of their tech is powered by the solar panels that line the exterior of the boat: navigation, communications, and even charging ports for their handheld tech. The sun is their primary source of energy but also a source of hardship as they compete in this off-year run of the Great Pacific Race. The boat is built for efficiency, so it offers little protection from the elements. Severe sunburn is one of many very real and dangerous possibilities that they will have to combat. In its absence, the athletes will often find themselves rowing in complete, freezing darkness. Their team of four will row in 2-hour shifts for the entire month, only anchoring in the face of a life-threatening storm. This means that in addition to battling the elements, they will also be facing sleep deprivation. These athletes train for hours a day for endurance and strength, but equally as important is their technical training: knowing how to tie life-saving knots, operating navigational equipment, knowing how to drop the para-anchor in case of a major storm, and being able to make repairs to any failing equipment. This race will be powered purely by the sun and the human spirit. An adventure like this is yet another example of how with solar and some grit, humans can do anything. Brooke and her teammates aim to hit the water between June 19th and June 23rd depending on the winds, tides, and moon. You can follow along for the most up-to-date information on this squad on Instagram @Lat35Racing.

  • Your Solar Platform Just Got Even Better

    Welcome to OS 2.3.0 With your feedback at the front of our minds, we have cultivated another jam-packed product release for you. We prioritize making the updates you need as you need them so that you can go back to doing what you do best: selling. This latest release has a ton of highly-anticipated features that will even further enhance your production and workflow. We have updated a number of features to be more accurate, more efficient, and more customizable. Now you can spend less time on the back end thanks to our new Bill of Materials (BOM) Generation and better customize and speed up your workflows with the following improvements to Proposals and Contracts, Pricing Engine, and VAT Calculations (UK) - just to name a few. Below we have outlined some of the specifics surrounding the key features from this update. Bill of Materials (BOM)* Save time and generate an accurate BOM with auto-populated hardware components, quantities, and costs for every job. Make use of this new feature to speed up your ordering and fulfillment process post-sale and get properly spec’d projects on roofs faster. Download the BOM as a PDF or CSV so that you can easily send it to your preferred supplier, distributor or even share internally with your project team. Please check our help center for a tour of this new feature. *Currently available in the US, AU, and NZ. Additional GEOs coming soon. Proposal & Contract Enhancements Now you can easily generate a proposal PDF and/or contract and automatically send customer emails with your project-specific documents attached when your customer accepts your proposal. Want to send the accepted proposal PDF separate from the contract? Want to send them combined as one? Want a nice branded, custom email to land in your customers inbox when they sign? You decide what’s best for your business and your customers. Please check our help center for a tour of proposal PDF and contract generation updates and automated customer emails with attached docs. Pricing Engine Enhancements Build even more accurate costing, pricing and financial models now with detailed pricing for components, CSV import/export, custom cost line items, and auto-default system life simulations. Detailed pricing for components opens the door to improved cost and price schemes such as Price per watt by size (kW), Price per panel, Cost of Goods Solar (COGS) per unit pricing, just to name a few. The CSV import/export functionality will allow you to easily download, update, and re-upload your pricing and costing settings and save precious admin time. Automatically sync your proposal and financial model’s system life to the maximum module product warranty of your select system option (i.e. 25 years). Please check our help center for a tour of detailed pricing for components, CSV import/export, and auto-default system life simulations. Stripe Integration SCA Compliance* Confidently process payments for your customers in Europe and UK knowing that the Stripe on OpenSolar integration now supports the Strong Customer Authentication (SCE) rule compliance. Ensuring your customers are protected and your business is using fully-compliant systems to help them go solar is key to building trust and long-term happy customers. Please check our help center for a tour of this integration update (scroll down to Step 11). *For Europe and UK customers or solar professionals Updated VAT Calculations* Available now, you can customize and automate your Value Added Tax (VAT) calculations to reflect the recently updated regulations (0% VAT for applicable systems). Once you’ve enabled this, your pricing schemes for a specific project in the UK will automatically determine the tax based on the components that are added to your system. Given the recent update, this will be 0% VAT for any systems that include Energy Savings Materials (ESMs) such as solar panels. Please check our help center for a tour of enabling the updated and automated VAT calculations. *Important for UK solar professionals only Other Enhancements There are a wide range of other improvements for your use, available now. See the full release notes for more information. As always, our focus is on your success. We’re very grateful for the feedback you provide, and I hope that you can see how much we listen to your needs, and constantly evolve our software to meet them. If you ever have any questions, please contact us at support@opensolar.com. Have a sunny day, Rick Rick Pentella Product Marketing Manager, OpenSolar View Full Release Notes

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  • Sungage | OpenSolar

    Features > Finance > Sungage Sungage integrates seamlessly with your sales process, helping you close deals and get paid quickly. Sungage financing through OpenSolar is extremely fast and easy. Once you’ve built your project on OpenSolar, click the “Get Pre-Qualified!” button and the credit application will pre-populate. Your homeowner can complete the application and have a credit decision in under a minute. ​ Some of the benefits of this integration include: ​ Allows your customers to prequalify and apply for a loan from OpenSolar's online proposal, with no need to jump to other windows or applications ​ Access to some of the lowest monthly payments in the industry through Sungage’s customer-friendly loan structure ​ Presentation of loan products in Sungage approved language ​ Eliminates the need for manual data entry into the Sungage Portal ​ Eliminates the need to manually manage your Sungage products in OpenSolar Get Started Learn More OpenSolar Co-Founder Andrew Birch and Sungage CEO Mike Gilroy the OpenSolar-Sungage partnership. About Sungage: ​ Sungage financing is available on OpenSolar’s free solar design and sales platform to help more consumers reap all the benefits of a solar-powered lifestyle. For more information, visit https://www.sungage.com/

  • Solar Design And Proposal Software | OpenSolar

    The world's leading solar design and proposal software Free of charge so you're free to grow Learn More The fastest, most accurate 3D designs Customizable interactive online or PDF proposals High sales conversion with in-app integrated finance API works with your existing systems Learn about all features We're obsessed with making solar professionals successful. That's why our system is designed to work around you and your business OpenSolar around the world Solar professionals from 120+ countries use OpenSolar to help run their businesses Out of gallery Map data ©2021 Google Why choose OpenSolar 3D Design, Leading Accuracy The fastest, simplest and most accurate 3D design tool available, making your proposals reliable and bankable from the office and in the field. two cogs Open API Integrate your existing CRM and business tools with our class-leading platform. Work the way you want to work. Proposals that Sell Fully customizable, interactive proposals online or as a PDF. 24% sale conversion drawn from experience selling 10,000's of systems, face-to-face and over the phone. End-to-end Software Built-in CRM, digital scheduling, real-time customer alerts, hardware catalogs, on-demand permitting and e-signatures. Integrated Finance Partners Effortless selection and integration of your chosen finance providers with in-app real-time approvals, making selling easier than ever. Free of Charge All of this, for free, for all users, forever. Testimonials Casey Coffman Laibach Solar California, USA “We were paying thousands of dollars per year on a design tool that was way slower and less accurate. Now all of our team use OpenSolar for designs, proposals and managing our installs, for FREE - it's also really cool that we can brand the whole experience for our customers." Jessa Grey Solaria Seattle, USA "OpenSolar has been a game changer for our dealers. The design tool is so sophisticated, and the proposal functionality really makes them stand out. I like the exhibit capability that includes a multi-media presentation of equipment, right there in the proposal." Kyle Bank Meta Solar California, USA “A lot of our sales come directly from the field thanks to OpenSolar. Right there on their iPads, face to face with the customer, my team can design a fully accurate system and generate a proposal. And customers can get financed and sign the contract right there!" Trusted by our leading global partners Learn more about our partners Dedicated mobile apps Design and sell directly from the field on our dedicated mobile apps.

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