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.

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This Rebate Bridge program speeds rebate payments to energy efficiency contractors

National Energy Improvement Fund

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

This Rebate Bridge program speeds rebate payments to energy efficiency contractors

National Energy Improvement Fund

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

SepiSolar’s new Salesforce consulting division to help solar installers make better use of their CRM

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Salesforce is a powerful, widely used customer relationship managament (CRM) platform, but it’s often difficult for traditional Salesforce developers to understand the solar business. SepiSolar, a national solar design and engineering firm, wants to change that with its new Salesforce consulting division.

As a 10-year old solar design and engineering company, SepiSolar’s new Salesforce division understands both Salesforce and solar, allowing for more efficient Salesforce development. Salesforce’s highly customizable CRM helps solar companies to centralize sales, marketing, accounting, inventory, legal, data management, and customer service on a single platform. With its robust app store, Salesforce is able to integrate every department’s favorite cloud software tools, enhancing collaboration and transparency. Integration also allows for improved automation with DocuSign, Box, Google Apps, MS Office, QuickBooks, and many other programs that solar companies use every day.

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Josh Weiner, CEO of SepiSolar said, “The power of Salesforce is that it can work with almost any third-party application, creating a seamless, all-in-one platform that every department can use. When everyone’s favorite programs are in one system, it increases communication, frees up more time with automated tasks, while also keeping solar sales and operations teams on the same page and calendars.”

In addition to saving time with increased automation, Salesforce’s reporting dashboards also allow managers and CEOs to view and assess project milestones, sales goals, customer journeys, inventory, cash flow, monthly comparisons, and more. With data-driven reports, managers get actionable insights to make improvements in every department.

Solar customers can also benefit. With Salesforce’s customer portal capability, solar customers can log in 24/7 to track progress, i-chat with the sales or customer service team, or upload, review, or download sales and legal documents.

“Ultimately, a customized solar Salesforce CRM is about efficiency and cost savings,” says Weiner. “The more automated your solar company is with a flexible CRM like Salesforce, the more your employees can accomplish more in less time.

— Solar Builder magazine

PosiGen to expand solar leasing program thanks to new credit facility

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PosiGen, a provider of renewable energy and efficiency solutions for low-to-moderate income households, announced a new credit facility provided by LibreMax Capital, a New York based asset management firm, in conjunction with the Connecticut Green Bank and Inclusive Prosperity Capital. The three-year, $90 million credit facility will allow PosiGen to continue to lease solar systems and provide energy efficiency upgrades to low-to-moderate income homeowners in Louisiana, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. It also enables the company to expand its footprint into additional markets and states.

To date, 13,000 homeowners across the country are already enjoying lower utility bills and the benefits of clean energy thanks to PosiGen solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades. This new credit facility will nearly double that number of homeowner access over the next three years.

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According to Thomas Neyhart, CEO of PosiGen, “This partnership is really a game-changer for PosiGen as we work to reduce the energy cost burden experienced by low-to-moderate income families across the country. We have enjoyed a successful partnership with the Connecticut Green Bank for many years, and now adding LibreMax Capital as a new financial partner is not only exciting, but it allows us to confidently continue our mission of helping families who need it the most.”

PosiGen and the Connecticut Green Bank have worked together for the past four years to close the clean energy affordability gap by making solar and energy efficiency available to all homeowners regardless of income. Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank said, “Just as PosiGen helps homeowners in Connecticut reduce the burden of energy costs through clean energy, we want homeowners in every state to have access to affordable solar and energy efficiency while creating jobs in their communities and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are causing global climate change. Partnering with LibreMax on this innovative funding facility for PosiGen is another example of how the Green Bank attracts more private capital where it’s needed most.”

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