Simple question: Does it matter?
Simple answer: YES.
UtilityAPI proudly identifies as a "mission-driven company.” Our mission is to fight climate change.
The way we fight climate change is by making it easier for you, our customers, to help people convert to, use and store clean forms of energy. We give you the energy data you need to do your business faster and more easily, with less risk.
This is decarbonization: the process of converting from carbon-based fuels — which both pollute our planet and contribute to making it warmer — to wind, solar or other non-carbon renewable forms of energy, which don’t.
So, just how much decarbonizing are we all doing when you use UtilityAPI’s fast, easy, accurate utility data?
Every month, UtilityAPI makes it possible for you and your customers to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to driving 33,000,000 fewer miles. EVERY MONTH. That’s about 1300 fewer car trips around the earth every month.
Not that any of us is traveling much these days.
Still, 33,000,000 fewer miles driven per month is a number that matters. You matter. Your work matters, so our work matters. Without all of us doing the work of decarbonization together, the planet doesn’t really stand a chance.
Thank you for also being mission-driven. Thanks for decarbonizing with UtilityAPI. Thanks for hanging in there through COVID-19.
Decarbonizing is pretty great. Join us! Our data makes it so much easier for you to use online sales during these pandemic times, and beyond. What are you waiting for?
Dan Rosenberg had the same problem many of you have. He needed utility data faster.
Requests that used to take a week to come through were taking closer to a month. And often, only a fraction of the data would come in. Then his team would submit another request. And the whole month-long wait would start again. It was ridiculous. Or, as Dan Rosenberg put it more delicately, it was "a bottleneck for our development process."
For TerraVerde Energy, a company who builds their business on data analytics, the delays were also project-killers. But their partnership with UtilityAPI changed all that.
Saving money and the planet through energy efficiency
TerraVerde helps public schools and other agencies save energy and money. They construct advanced analytics and financial models to determine which solar and storage projects will best achieve those goals.
In order to do their work, they need access to a client’s billing history and interval data by meter. When the data request process got bogged down, TerraVerde looked for a better solution. They found it with UtilityAPI.
Three weeks or less than one hour: which would you prefer to wait?
When TerraVerde integrated with UtilityAPI, their data retrieval wait time dropped from three+ weeks to less than an hour. Now, once a client has authorized data sharing, they can compile anywhere from one to three years worth of billing and interval data nearly instantly.
It’s high quality data, too. The data itself is in “a much more usable format than what the utility itself would send us,” says Rosenberg. Although TerraVerde installs consumption meters at every site, there are hiccups. “They [consumption meters] are unreliable; sometimes there are a few months before they are installed or there may be gaps in the data, so to have those bills that have what the utilities are actually measuring is just more valuable.” UtilityAPI’s data is more valuable.
Automatic data refreshes make measuring impact easy
Automated data has further smoothed the entire process. TerraVerde takes advantage of UtilityAPI’s automatic data refreshes to measure the impact of a new system. They also compile an annual savings report for solar and storage projects using interval data.
What stands out for Rosenberg is how easy the process was. He collected 95% of the utility data he needed to create an annual report for a school’s July - June cycle “by running 100 lines of code for 10 minutes.” TerraVerde’s analysts simply direct UtilityAPI to update the meter data. Downloads happen automatically.
Next up: seamless, integrated data sweetens the deal
Because it’s so efficient, TerraVerde has been tweaking their software to rely on UtilityAPI as the primary data source. They‘re also integrating their clients’ solar monitoring systems with UtilityAPI. This way, they can calculate savings for these large scale projects automatically, then offer it on demand to their clients.
Delays are project-killers. But thanks to UtilityAPI, TerraVerde Energy has come a long way from having one person contact a utility rep, list 100 meters, and wait 3 weeks. You can, too! Get a free demo to see how much time we can save you.
Dear Solar Installers,
YOU are the heart of our industry. Without you, there is no solar energy sector. We (all) need your business to survive the Coronavirus shutdowns.
A Gift for You
Sales in the near future are going to have to be remote. That’s why UtilityAPI and OpenSolar want to give you 3 free months of awesome, easy utility data. We want to make remote sales as painless for you as possible.
To get your free data, you’ll need to register with AND use your (free) account at OpenSolar. That free data is your gift. But we see OpenSolar as a gift to our entire industry, too.
What is OpenSolar + Why it’s Great
OpenSolar is a full-service suite of new, free tools to fully digitize your solar installer business. Phone and remote sales. Design. Finance. Customer relationship management. [And, coming soon, live 3D modeling]. It’s all there. It’s all free to use, forever.
OpenSolar comes to you from industry veterans who know what you need. Their founders have infused their product with the wisdom gained in over two decades of experience in our industry (co-founding Sungevity, the first remote solar design company, and for the last three years, OpenSolar).
After a successful launch in Australia, where 20% of homes run on solar (the dream!), OpenSolar has made their full cloud-based tool available in the US. Take a minute to have a look. You’ll see how easy it is to go digital with OpenSolar. And if you’re already selling remotely, you’ll be impressed by the breadth and functionality of the OpenSolar tool.
Details + Fine Print
There is no fine print. It’s really just 3 months of free data when you use your OpenSolar account. Even if you’re already a UtilityAPI customer. You can read the press release for all the details, though.
👋🏼Your friends at UtilityAPI
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