OnGrid Tool

The OnGrid Tool is an Excel-based application assisting in PV system sizing, pricing and quoting. It enables solar installers to gather a customerís utility and site information quickly and efficiently. It calculates optimum system size, electricity bill savings, system incentives, and system net costs. It then calculates various economic benefit factors and produces a variety of proposals, quotes, and. The OnGrid Tool includes rates, incentives, and tax calculations, and estimates system performance, including all performance factors and shading data. Screen Shots

Keywords

solar, financial, payback, analysis, sales, tool, software, economics, proposal

Validation/Testing

The software is run through Microsoft Excel and results are available immediately. OnGrid uses the most credible sources for industry updates.

Expertise Required

None needed. Help resources are available.

Users

500 nationwide

Audience

It is directed to solar installers, contractors, and salespeople. It is also used by students, teachers, and anyone who wants to learn about the solar industry.

Input

Customer information; Electricity use information (utility, rate schedule starting, rate schedule ending, monthly use, time-of-use profile, demand, efficiency and site use changes, expected rate escalation); location (for NREL insolation); expected inflation in maintenance costs; site conditions (shading upload from Solmetric, Solar Pathfinder, or Precigeo; orientation; tilt; dust and dirt loss factors; microclimate and ambient local temperature adjustment factors; system loss factors, including mismatch and wiring; type and quantity of modules and inverters; system pricing; incentives if desirable to override the regularly updated OnGrid-provided utility specific defaults (rebates, PBIs, FITs, tax credits, depreciation, SRECs); financing variables.

Output

Production and net use; savings; payback; IRR; NPV; resale value; life cycle payback; ROI; 25-year timeline of cash flows and IRR; environmental offset benefits; charts and graphs; explanation of factors affecting output; 90 pages of proposal and document variations to choose from;

Computer Platform

Excel 2003, 2007, 2010 for PCs; Excel 2004, 2011 for Mac

Programming Language

None

Strengths

Great solar sales and financial software for salespeople, installers, and contractors who want to streamline making reliable, professional proposals.

Weaknesses

Stand-alone operation only

Contact

Company:

OnGrid Solar

Address:

4175 Renaissance Dr., Suite 4
San Jose, CA 95134
United States

Telephone:

866-966-5577

Facsimile:

888-873-7029

E-mail:

contact@ongrid.net

Website:

http://www.ongrid.net

Availability

One month free trial at http://www.ongrid.net/index.php?page=signup , then $100/month (for up to 2 users), $50/user each additional user.