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Approved Solar Retailer applications made easy

Applying for the CEC Approved Solar Retailer program doesn’t have to be a ball-breaker. I’m going to show you how you can satisfy the CEC Approved Solar Retailer requirements with PVsell.

There’s quite a bit to the Solar Retailer Code of Conduct Document. It covers Pre-sales Activities, Post-Sale Activities, Documentation, General Business & Obligations, (plus Code administration and a bit more). But applying for it is made easier by PVsell.
Here’s the PVsell output documents that satisfy those key clauses
To summarise what’s written in the next sections, here are the documents produced by PVsell that you need to satisfy the CEC …

Woohoo! Our 100,000 milestone! Lessons Learned from a hundred thousand solar power systems

Ever felt simultaneously proud and humble? That’s what I’m feeling today. This week, PVsell clients entered the 100,000th project into our software, and I’m proud of the impact we’ve had in the solar industry, and at the same time I’m humbled by all of the endorsement we’ve received from leading solar businesses.

Back in 2015, I was wondering whether I should take PVsell to the next level. I was hesitant to invest so much money (and if I’d have been even more hesitant if I’d known how much money it would ultimately take), but I felt somewhat reassured by the …

PVsell’s Brilliant FREE Solar Panel Layout Tool

About a year ago, a client came to me and said “I’m sick and tired of my current solar panel software. It forces me to lay panels out on the roof row-by-row, and even to get started I have to eyeball how many panels will fit in one row, and then numerically guess their orientation. It’s almost impossible to get the row-to-row spacing exactly right, and whenever I want to make a small adjustment, I have to fiddle with all the other rows – otherwise the image looks terrible, and scares the customer off.”

Their current roof tool was obviously …

PVsell – Energy Ease Integration

PVsell comes with the option of integrating with Energy Ease – so you can easily access financing rates, automatically generate a brilliant proposal that sells solar finance, and even start your finance application, all within PVsell.

PVsell’s calculation engine has industry-leading accuracy

We occasionally get asked to demonstrate the accuracy of our calculations. Rest assured, PVsell has been used by many hundreds of solar businesses since 2011, who have performed ROI calculations for over 30,000 customers. In that time, we’ve responded to the closest scrutiny from accountants and engineers alike. Because, unlike others, we provide the ability for you to look ‘under the hood’ and download the hour-by-hour results of our simulation. We’ve also designed our 25-year cashflow sheet to be easily interpreted by your customer’s accountant – as it shows the step-by-step calculations for solar value every year.

While we have …

How long should a commercial proposal be and what should I show in it?

It doesn’t really matter how long your proposal is, though the shorter the better. Make sure you’ve got the following content, and make sure its not too wordy!

Make sure you demonstrate your claims

Anyone can claim to offer ‘excellent customer service’. Prove it – put up an image of your (glowing) web reviews.

Don’t make it too wordy. Otherwise it won’t be read

Use images instead of words – E.g. use logos of Master Electricians, Clean Energy Council
Break it up with headings
Keep it short and sharp

What makes you different

Are you local / national

Can you size a PV system by just looking at a bill and analysing the peak/offpeak usage

At PVsell, we often get asked whether someone can size a PV system just by looking at the bill? A similar question is “do you have to have interval metering data”?

The short answer is “In order to size a PV system for a customer, you HAVE to have an understanding of the times (and days of the week) that the customer uses energy”. Its not sufficient to know that across a month they consume a total of 1000kWh of energy during Peak tariffs and 600kWh during off peak tariffs.

That’s because that customer could be consuming all of that energy …