Middleware Oriented Community Solar Platform

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0015868
Agency Tracking Number: 0000224345
Amount: $149,559.89
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2016
Solicitation Year: 2016
Solicitation Topic Code: 13
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001417
Small Business Information
15 MetroTech Center Urban Future Lab, 19th Floor, Brooklyn, NY, 11201-3831
DUNS: 965792224
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Dahnke
 Mr.
 (718) 715-2111
 eric.dahnke@projecteconomics.net
Business Contact
 Eric Dahnke
Title: Mr.
Phone: (718) 715-2111
Email: eric.dahnke@projecteconomics.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
There is a lack of appropriate software tools for managing shared solar programs. While some platforms are available, they stand-alone and lack the ability to integrate with external systems. As a result, energy retailers, solar developers and utilities are limited in their ability to offer shared solar to their customers, which restricts community groups and homeowners from participating in and monetizing the benefits of shared solar. Addressing the problem: Establishing a network enabled shared solar platform that integrates with external systems will provide more solar developers, retail energy providers, program managers and utilities with the software tools required to offer better shared solar programs. This will drive a more competitive and accessible shared solar marketplace. The work of Phase 1: We will establish a series of application programming interfaces to serve as the foundation for our open network platform. Upon that platform we will build a series of network components that will connect to enterprise billing and customer management systems, including Salesforce. Commercial Applications: As the network architecture matures, increasing numbers of participants will be able to build on the foundation. Utilities, retail energy providers and solar developers will be able to create new and more compelling shared solar models that incorporate emerging technologies like advanced metering infrastructure. The network foundation will remain relevant and continue to drive commercial innovations in the shared solar market into the future. Key Words: Community solar, software platform, shared solar, API, middleware, service oriented architecture, software as a service, CRM, array monitoring, customer experience

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