“The homeowner actually uses more electricity, on average, after solar panels are installed than before, and it's believed that this is because they no longer have a single place that they can go to see what their electric footprint is”, said Nancy McKereghan, co-founder and CEO of Tangerine+. Having insight into PV production is nothing new—both inverter manufacturers and third party monitoring systems have been presenting homeowners with software tools for understanding and keeping track of production data for years. Furthermore, with the proliferation of smart meters, many electrical utilities have created rudimentary tools for accessing and viewing the amount of electricity a home is using over the course of a given day.
What Tangerine+ loves about UtilityAPI is that the “customer interface was extremely user-friendly and easy for us...really seamless”. Nancy also said that “combining UAPI meter data with the solar meter data...(can) lead to behavior changes that allow (homeowners) to not be using energy when it’s most expensive.”
The integration was made possible through the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Catalyst Program an was demoed live on December 10th in Philadelphia. Read more about it here.
For more information about UtilityAPI, please visit https://www.utilityapi.com
For more information about Tangerine+, please visit http://www.tangerine-plus.com
For a demo of the product, see this video.