Ten more solar installers added to Premium ranks of Panasonic Residential Solar Installer Program

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Panasonic Solar Group announced its cross-country expansion of the Panasonic Residential Solar Installer program with the addition of 10 Premium installers located across Panasonic’s three main regions. Over the past six months, Panasonic has promoted more than 16 installers across the country to premium status, enabling more homeowners access to the Panasonic Solar Modules HIT portfolio.

Launched in the U.S. in 2016, the Panasonic Solar Premium Installer program provides value-added benefits and business opportunities to partners who meet Panasonic’s high standard of excellence. The program has seen impressive growth in the last two years, now with 36 Premium installers and more than 150 Authorized Installers.

Companies joining the Premium Installer program in Panasonic’s Western Territory include:

  • Alternate Energy Inc.: Honolulu, HI
  • Solar Optimum: Glendale, CA
  • Sol-Up USA: Las Vegas, NV
  • Sunbright Solar LLC: Tucson, AZ

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“The Western region has been a catalyst for the solar industry in the United States, supportive renewable energy policies and consumer popularity continue to drive further growth in the region,” said David Lopez, Group Sales Manager Solar & Storage, Western Territory, Panasonic USA. “Expanding our Premium Installer partners in the West allows homeowners increased access to Panasonic’s industry-leading technology and warranty.”

Panasonic’s Central Territory will also see an expansion with six new Premium Installers joining the network:

  • Advance Solar & Energy: Fort Myers, FL
  • Energy Consultants Group: Anamosa, IA
  • Good Faith Energy: Houston, TX
  • Whole Sun Design: Bloomington, IN
  • Kapital Electric Company: Bensenville, IL
  • South Texas Solar Systems: San Antonio, TX

“Demand for solar energy is rapidly increasing among homeowners in FL, TX and in the Midwest,” said Jack O’Donohue, Sales and Business Development Manager, Panasonic USA. “The addition of new Premium Installers for the Central Region recognizes these installers’ success in offering Panasonic Solar and Storage solutions to meet the demands of homeowners who value quality, efficiency, and long-term commitment to performance as covered by Panasonic’s Triple Guard 25-year warranty.”

More on the Panasonic Solar Installer program

The Panasonic Solar Installer program is comprised of “Authorized” and “Premium” Installers, and Premium installers are involved in continuous efforts with Panasonic to promote the HIT brand. These installers receive leads generated from Panasonic’s website as well as from the new educational blog “Green Living”.

In addition, Premium Installers are the beneficiaries of cooperative marketing funds provided by Panasonic and are also provided access to Panasonic’s robust Installer Portal that offers additional benefits such as a library of tailored marketing materials and training programs designed to help installers enhance communication with consumers, and ultimately grow their businesses.

“Installers want the best products and tools to give their customers exactly what they need,” said Yessica Castillo, National Marketing Manager at Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “That’s why we’re working with installers who align with Panasonic’s customer-first values and commitment to taking solar to the next level, one installation at a time.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Ten more solar installers added to Premium ranks of Panasonic Residential Solar Installer Program

panasonic

Panasonic Solar Group announced its cross-country expansion of the Panasonic Residential Solar Installer program with the addition of 10 Premium installers located across Panasonic’s three main regions. Over the past six months, Panasonic has promoted more than 16 installers across the country to premium status, enabling more homeowners access to the Panasonic Solar Modules HIT portfolio.

Launched in the U.S. in 2016, the Panasonic Solar Premium Installer program provides value-added benefits and business opportunities to partners who meet Panasonic’s high standard of excellence. The program has seen impressive growth in the last two years, now with 36 Premium installers and more than 150 Authorized Installers.

Companies joining the Premium Installer program in Panasonic’s Western Territory include:

  • Alternate Energy Inc.: Honolulu, HI
  • Solar Optimum: Glendale, CA
  • Sol-Up USA: Las Vegas, NV
  • Sunbright Solar LLC: Tucson, AZ

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“The Western region has been a catalyst for the solar industry in the United States, supportive renewable energy policies and consumer popularity continue to drive further growth in the region,” said David Lopez, Group Sales Manager Solar & Storage, Western Territory, Panasonic USA. “Expanding our Premium Installer partners in the West allows homeowners increased access to Panasonic’s industry-leading technology and warranty.”

Panasonic’s Central Territory will also see an expansion with six new Premium Installers joining the network:

  • Advance Solar & Energy: Fort Myers, FL
  • Energy Consultants Group: Anamosa, IA
  • Good Faith Energy: Houston, TX
  • Whole Sun Design: Bloomington, IN
  • Kapital Electric Company: Bensenville, IL
  • South Texas Solar Systems: San Antonio, TX

“Demand for solar energy is rapidly increasing among homeowners in FL, TX and in the Midwest,” said Jack O’Donohue, Sales and Business Development Manager, Panasonic USA. “The addition of new Premium Installers for the Central Region recognizes these installers’ success in offering Panasonic Solar and Storage solutions to meet the demands of homeowners who value quality, efficiency, and long-term commitment to performance as covered by Panasonic’s Triple Guard 25-year warranty.”

More on the Panasonic Solar Installer program

The Panasonic Solar Installer program is comprised of “Authorized” and “Premium” Installers, and Premium installers are involved in continuous efforts with Panasonic to promote the HIT brand. These installers receive leads generated from Panasonic’s website as well as from the new educational blog “Green Living”.

In addition, Premium Installers are the beneficiaries of cooperative marketing funds provided by Panasonic and are also provided access to Panasonic’s robust Installer Portal that offers additional benefits such as a library of tailored marketing materials and training programs designed to help installers enhance communication with consumers, and ultimately grow their businesses.

“Installers want the best products and tools to give their customers exactly what they need,” said Yessica Castillo, National Marketing Manager at Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “That’s why we’re working with installers who align with Panasonic’s customer-first values and commitment to taking solar to the next level, one installation at a time.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Smappee Infinity delivers new energy efficiency insights for consumers, solar installers

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Smart energy monitoring manufacturer Smappee has debuted its new energy management system Smappee Inifinity at this week’s E-World 2019 in Essen, Germany. Tailored for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and OEM customers, Smappee Infinity provides in-depth, real-time energy insights to make informed and impactful decisions on energy use.

Public awareness of energy usage is growing as businesses and consumers face increasing and variable energy rates in addition to new legislations on buildings’ energy consumption. Therefore they are reaching out to ESCOs and looking for products to manage their energy efficiency. Smappee Infinity provides ESCOs and companies interested in energy integrations with a flexible, future-proof solution offering actionable data on energy consumption, production, and optimization, to address these market trends.

“Smappee Infinity provides its users with essential insights and tools to manage the energy flows in their building, office, or home and optimize the use of their renewable energy,” said Stefan Grosjean, CEO of Smappee. “As decentralized energy production becomes increasingly common, understanding and managing your energy is ever more essential. Smappee Infinity is the future-proof solution that empowers users to take action to immediately improve their energy efficiency and save costs.”

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Tailored to growing market needs

The launch of Smappee Infinity signifies a new direction for the company as the system is mainly targeting ESCOs and companies looking to integrate IoT energy technology into their offering.

Smappee Infinity features up to three methods of submetering to offer the most accurate and comprehensive smart energy management solution on the market. Smappee’s intuitive user dashboard visualizes energy data down to the appliance level and enables energy optimization and auto-consumption for maximum energy and cost savings at large scale.

Modular, easy to set up, reliable

Smappee Infinity users can access and manage their data and ‘rules’ through a personalized dashboard (desktop and mobile app), available in a professional and consumer (simplified) version. The visualization of the data allows users to quickly gain insights and take action to optimize their energy usage.

Boasting a unique combination of three types of “submetering” (submetering of circuits via current clamps, Smappee Switch smart plug and patented NILM technology), Smappee Infinity offers the most comprehensive real-time and historical energy data for electricity, solar, gas and water and optimized control over energy flows. Smappee Infinity is suitable for installation in locations ranging from private homes to office buildings, restaurants, shops and other multi sites facilities. Entirely modular, its three basic components are Smappee CT Hub(s), Smappee Power Box and Smappee Genius gateway.

Adding to its flexibility is the open API, allowing integration with EMS/BMS systems. This allows custom visualizations to be created to offer even more advanced insights on energy usage. In recent years Smappee has unveiled various partnerships with IoT products and platforms such as Nest and Amazon Alexa – relying on industry standards. This makes Smappee Infinity a highly interoperable and modular system.

“We are proud of Smapee Infinity’s highly competitive total cost of ownership, which compares favorable to competitive solutions,” Grosjean added. “The installation is quick and easy, as the system is designed to be plug-and-play. Thanks to its modularity, additional single- or three-phased energy meters can be installed in five to ten mintues. Once installed, maintenance costs are kept to a minimum. Moreover, reliability is outstanding, allowing users to fully focus on optimizing their energy savings.”

Smappee are debuting Smapppee Infinity at this week’s E-world in Essen, Germany, a leading exhibition for the global energy sector. Smappee will be showcasing Infinity and its wider product portfolio in hall 5, stand 5-224.

— Solar Builder magazine

Smappee Infinity delivers new energy efficiency insights for consumers, solar installers

Smappee Infinity-All modules-Front-Colored BG

Smart energy monitoring manufacturer Smappee has debuted its new energy management system Smappee Inifinity at this week’s E-World 2019 in Essen, Germany. Tailored for Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and OEM customers, Smappee Infinity provides in-depth, real-time energy insights to make informed and impactful decisions on energy use.

Public awareness of energy usage is growing as businesses and consumers face increasing and variable energy rates in addition to new legislations on buildings’ energy consumption. Therefore they are reaching out to ESCOs and looking for products to manage their energy efficiency. Smappee Infinity provides ESCOs and companies interested in energy integrations with a flexible, future-proof solution offering actionable data on energy consumption, production, and optimization, to address these market trends.

“Smappee Infinity provides its users with essential insights and tools to manage the energy flows in their building, office, or home and optimize the use of their renewable energy,” said Stefan Grosjean, CEO of Smappee. “As decentralized energy production becomes increasingly common, understanding and managing your energy is ever more essential. Smappee Infinity is the future-proof solution that empowers users to take action to immediately improve their energy efficiency and save costs.”

Don’t miss our Solar Installer Issue in March — subscribe to Solar Builder magazine (print or digital) for FREE today

Tailored to growing market needs

The launch of Smappee Infinity signifies a new direction for the company as the system is mainly targeting ESCOs and companies looking to integrate IoT energy technology into their offering.

Smappee Infinity features up to three methods of submetering to offer the most accurate and comprehensive smart energy management solution on the market. Smappee’s intuitive user dashboard visualizes energy data down to the appliance level and enables energy optimization and auto-consumption for maximum energy and cost savings at large scale.

Modular, easy to set up, reliable

Smappee Infinity users can access and manage their data and ‘rules’ through a personalized dashboard (desktop and mobile app), available in a professional and consumer (simplified) version. The visualization of the data allows users to quickly gain insights and take action to optimize their energy usage.

Boasting a unique combination of three types of “submetering” (submetering of circuits via current clamps, Smappee Switch smart plug and patented NILM technology), Smappee Infinity offers the most comprehensive real-time and historical energy data for electricity, solar, gas and water and optimized control over energy flows. Smappee Infinity is suitable for installation in locations ranging from private homes to office buildings, restaurants, shops and other multi sites facilities. Entirely modular, its three basic components are Smappee CT Hub(s), Smappee Power Box and Smappee Genius gateway.

Adding to its flexibility is the open API, allowing integration with EMS/BMS systems. This allows custom visualizations to be created to offer even more advanced insights on energy usage. In recent years Smappee has unveiled various partnerships with IoT products and platforms such as Nest and Amazon Alexa – relying on industry standards. This makes Smappee Infinity a highly interoperable and modular system.

“We are proud of Smapee Infinity’s highly competitive total cost of ownership, which compares favorable to competitive solutions,” Grosjean added. “The installation is quick and easy, as the system is designed to be plug-and-play. Thanks to its modularity, additional single- or three-phased energy meters can be installed in five to ten mintues. Once installed, maintenance costs are kept to a minimum. Moreover, reliability is outstanding, allowing users to fully focus on optimizing their energy savings.”

Smappee are debuting Smapppee Infinity at this week’s E-world in Essen, Germany, a leading exhibition for the global energy sector. Smappee will be showcasing Infinity and its wider product portfolio in hall 5, stand 5-224.

— Solar Builder magazine

This Rebate Bridge program speeds rebate payments to energy efficiency contractors

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The National Energy Improvement Fund, a licensed lender and national expert in energy efficiency financing program management, and RKB Capital Partners, a clean energy venture focused on accelerating the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the U.S., have launched Rebate Bridge to provide advance funding on rebates for contractors who participate in energy efficiency and renewable energy improvement programs for homes and commercial buildings.

Many energy efficiency programs administered by utilities, manufacturers and state and local governments include rebates to incentivize customers to install energy upgrades such as lighting, insulation, heating and cooling, solar and other measures. Due to processing delays contractors can often wait up to sixty days or more after they complete a project to receive rebate payments owed to them. This wait time can adversely impact the contractor’s cash flow and result in decreased program participation.

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How it works

Rebate Bridge pays the contractor directly via ACH in just a few days following project completion, deducting a nominal processing fee from the payment. Rebate Bridge, in turns, waits for payment from the rebating agency. The process is simple. Qualifying contractors are approved by Rebate Bridge and submit the required paperwork to the rebating agency. When a project is completed and approved by the rebating agency the contractor uploads basic information to the Rebate Bridge portal and is paid directly by Rebate Bridge in just a few business days. RKB Capital Partners has extended a credit facility to Rebate Bridge to fund its operations.

Rebate Bridge has had a highly successful launch with the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, processing hundreds of rebates in just a few weeks from inception. This has allowed contractors to expedite payment to distributors and vendors.

“The ability to receive my rebate funds that once took months to within just a few days has been essential to our company,” said Will Doyle, President of Allied Energy Experts. “It has enabled me to not only accelerate my cash flow but get paid on receivables on a regular basis. This has been vital to growing our project size and salesforce to get even more projects.”

“We are excited to expand Rebate Bridge to other utility and rebate programs,” said Heather Braithwaite, NEIF’s Vice President for Strategic Development. “NEIF’s mission is to help contractors grow their energy improvement business through innovative financing and cash flow tools and Rebate Bridge is ideal for this.”

— Solar Builder magazine