Solar installers can get Sense home energy monitoring at a discount via Dividend Finance

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Dividend Finance has partnered with Sense to offer home energy monitoring to its nationwide network of solar installation partners. Through the partnership, solar providers can enroll in the Dividend-Sense program and purchase Sense energy monitors at a discount based on the combined buying power of the extensive Dividend network.

Solar installers that integrate Sense into their product offerings see more customer engagement during the critical pre-installation period, maximizing sales conversion and customer satisfaction. In general, U.S. homeowners may wait weeks or even months for their solar systems to be permitted and installed. When the Sense monitor is deployed early in the process, either before or during solar installation, homeowners understand their home energy usage immediately, and are more energy efficient by the time the system is commissioned. This ensures that the customer will realize the full savings benefit of their solar system.

For solar installers, Sense focuses customer attention on total energy savings, which leads to better close rates and happier customers. After installation, Sense can help increase follow-on referrals and reduce the high cost of customer acquisition.

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“Dividend continues to play a pivotal leadership role in the industry with their forward-thinking approach to solar. Together, we are setting the bar higher for all solar installers. We’re helping installers sell solar more effectively as they transition to becoming whole home energy providers, so they can diversify their revenue streams, create better customer outcomes and grow sustainably,” said Gabe Abbott, VP of Strategic Partnerships at Sense.

With insights from Sense device data, Dividend can help solar providers to identify opportunities for home energy efficiency improvements that help customers save even more. For instance, Sense can provide highly detailed load profiles to help installers assess the viability of an energy storage system.

The combination of insights from Sense data and Dividend’s home improvement financing helps installers broaden their energy related services confidently. For example, HVAC systems vary widely in their energy demands, depending on system configuration, installation and resident behavior. Using Sense data, installers can detect potential problems and recommend more efficient HVAC upgrades, which can be financed through a Dividend home improvement loan.

— Solar Builder magazine

Three solar providers have partnered with Sense home energy monitoring

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Sense, whose intelligent home energy monitor provides real-time insights into energy and device activity in the home, announced that leading solar providers have joined the Sense partner program. SUNation Solar Systems, Sigora Solar and LifeTime Solar are among the leading partners who now offer the Sense home energy monitor to their customers.

Many homeowners invest in solar to reduce or eliminate their home’s reliance on the electric utility. But with only a monthly utility bill to inform them about their energy usage, residents lack the insights they need to assess realistically the impact of their solar investment on their energy costs. Sense provides a real-time view of solar energy production side-by-side with a view of when and how energy is being used, so residents can see how their lifestyle decisions impact their energy usage. Sense users can manage their home’s energy consumption in real time, set goals and create alerts, making their solar investment more valuable in both the short and long term.

New additions to the Sense partner program include:

Lifetime Solar, a design-build PV solar installation company with offices throughout the Midwest. According to Tony Patton, business development VP:

“Lifetime Solar partnered with Sense to give its customers another tool in achieving energy independence. With Sense’s real-time data on electrical consumption, our customers can adjust their usage to better coincide with their solar power production. This reduces the amount of kWh our customers return to the grid through net-metering, while also increasing the return on investment in their solar power system. The end result has been happy customers, which is our goal with every system we install.”

SUNation, the premier provider of residential and commercial solar solutions throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. Said Harry Belechto, SUNation’s Director of Service:

“Our customers are intrigued by the functionality of the Sense Monitor. Discovering the sources contributing to their energy usage keeps people aware of how their lifestyle translates to their power consumption. Additionally, the monitor provides clarity on the relationship between solar production and electric consumption, and helps customers better understand the details of their energy bills.”

Sigora Solar, Virginia’s largest residential and commercial solar and energy efficiency company. Said Tad Luttrell, vice president of sales and marketing:

“The Sense monitoring system is a great tool to help our customers gain insight into their energy usage. Sigora’s focus on pairing energy efficiency improvements with solar power provides our customers with unparalleled value in the industry, and the Sense monitoring is another valuable resource to aid our customers in understanding the ongoing balance between production and consumption. Sense has become the go-to name in home energy monitoring, and all of us at Sigora are excited for this partnership.”

These partners join more than 80 solar installers nationwide that already partner with Sense to deliver their customers greater insights into their home’s energy needs.

— Solar Builder magazine

More solar installers are now adding on home energy monitoring services

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Mentioned in our top storylines from SPI is the solar + storage + home automation space finally taking shape. While the full suite is officially here (via Sonnen), the demand isn’t there yet. A key step in that direction though is the proliferation of more home energy monitoring systems that engage and empower homeowners.

For example, more and more solar installers are diversifying their business by installing Sense, an intelligent home energy monitor that interprets the power usage and activity of devices in the home. More than 50 solar partners have joined the Sense partner program in over two dozen states and Canadian provinces where homeowners are embracing solar power.

The Sense home energy monitor tracks the power usage and activity of individual devices in the home, monitoring solar production and comparing it to home energy usage with overlaid graphs and historical trends. Home owners can instantly see their trends, adjust energy consumption, and find ways to become more efficient.

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For homeowners who are considering solar panels, Sense engages homeowners in analyzing their energy needs, giving them greater confidence in their decisions about the solar proposal. For their part, installers can develop more accurate proposals. Once the solar installation is live, homeowners can see how much energy they are producing compared to energy usage on a real-time basis in the Sense app. They can manage their home’s energy consumption daily, weekly and monthly, set goals and create alerts, making their investment more valuable in both the short and long term.

“Sense educates our customers about energy conservation in conjunction with getting solar,” said Amy Olsen, Director of Marketing with Wells Solar & Electrical Services in Texas. “Every Wells Solar customer gets a Sense with their solar installation. On our end, it gives us the ability to view energy usage if a customer has questions about their bill. We selected Sense over other energy monitors for its easily understood customer interface.”

The Sense partner program offers a variety of benefits including wholesale discounts, installation training and support, a fleet management dashboard so that solar partners can collaborate with homeowners on their energy usage, and the ability for partners to share branded content through Sense’s highly engaging app interface.

“Since adding Sense as a partner, we’re noticing our closing percentages increase and our customers are about as excited to get Sense installed as they are solar itself,” said Keith Murphy, President, Rising Sun Solar in Hawaii. “Sense provides a necessary tool on the back end to verify our production against the homeowner’s consumption and our original production estimates.”

— Solar Builder magazine