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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 …

What Electricity Price Rise Should I Enter?

How do I specify electricity price rises (and what electricity price rises do you recommend)? is an article that goes into more detail about entering prices into PVsell. As you can see from the image below, its really easy to enter electricity price rises in PVsell!

We commonly get asked what electricity price rises should be entered.

Our first piece of advice is, by default, assume a 3% p.a. electricity price rise – effectively CPI.

Don’t increase electricity prices by a large amount ongoingly, because if you do you’ll find power prices reach $2.50/kWh – at which point it may become cheaper to …

How do I select the best-sized system for my customer?

One of the most common questions we receive at PVsell is “what is the best sized system for my customer?”

The answer is “it depends on what your customer’s primary motivation is”. Most customers are buying solar to reduce their electricity bill, but they also want to achieve a sensible financial outcome (fast payback) in doing so.

Of course, the first consideration is “how big is the customer’s roof”? (Obviously you can’t put a bigger system on than the roof can hold.)

Did you know, with you can quickly and easily identify the maximum rooftop capacity with PVsell!

But typically its not the roof but …

Can a solar power system reduce peak demand, and how do include its value in ROI calculations?

Peak Demand charges are immense, and often form over 40% of a customer’s bill.

The problem is that while solar power systems are excellent at reducing the volume of energy (and associated charges), they don’t affect standing charges (such as monthly charges), but do they reduce Peak Demand charges?

For example, if the peak demand occurs during the middle of the day, then solar could reduce peak demand, but what if that day of peak demand was cloudy? Or if it occurred mid-afternoon on a winter’s day?

At PVsell, our parent company SunWiz has performed extensive calculations that demonstrate that a solar power system can …