After a successful soft launch in select markets, EnergySage is now releasing its Community Solar Marketplace for use across the entire country. The marketplace is a way for people to find, participate and benefit from local community solar farms.
While the community solar market has become more widespread and simple to use, determining which projects are available nearby and accepting subscribers has been difficult. The EnergySage Community Solar Marketplace removes these roadblocks by providing homeowners, businesses and renters a one-stop-shop experience for easy, confident decision making.
“People want to comparison-shop online – that’s how we all make decisions about the things we buy,” said Vikram Aggarwal, CEO and founder of EnergySage. “We launched our rooftop marketplace back in 2013 because the market needed a more transparent, accessible way to shop for solar and it changed the residential solar industry permanently, and for the better, by empowering the consumer. Community solar is in the same position today, and we believe this innovative new online shopping experience is the missing piece to the industry’s growth.”
Using the EnergySage Community Solar Marketplace is extremely straightforward. Visitors simply enter their zip code and average electric bill to instantly review eligible projects available in their area. Then options can be compared side-by-side including the location of the project, estimated annual savings, how quickly each project is filling up, customer reviews and much more.
The EnergySage Community Solar Marketplace provides great value to project developers and electric utility companies as well. For developers, this is a new cost-effective channel to acquire customers, especially as a massive backlog of projects open up and are in need of subscribers.
For utilities, the Community Solar Marketplace is an opportunity to help customers make informed decisions about the local renewable energy options available, further strengthening the utility’s position as a trusted energy advisor to the consumer. In partnership with a New York investor-owned utility, EnergySage built the marketplace to empower and protect consumers, and to be as consumer-friendly as possible. This includes utility data integration to pull in customer electricity usage information, single sign-on capabilities to allow consumers to sign in using their utility account login, and the ability to white-label the marketplace to fit the branding of utilities and other partners.
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